To the Editor: A recent letter (Oct. 23 issue), advocating for President Trump's re-election, posits "that voting isn't a popularity contest" and "You're voting because you approve of the candidate's policies and the long-term effects they will have on our nation."
I fully agree. Voters should always choose the better candidate, not necessarily the one they like best.
To make her case for Mr. Trump, the author offers "indisputable facts about him," beginning with "we've seen one of the largest job gains in American history." This is not only disputable, it is patently false. Mr. Trump created 1.5 million fewer jobs in his first three years in office than the Obama-Biden Administration did over their last 3 years (6.6 million versus 8.1 million); once 2020 job numbers are added, total employment is down 4.6 million jobs since January 2017, making Mr. Trump the first President since Herbert Hoover to have fewer Americans working at the end of a term than were working four years earlier. That is an indisputable fact.
Additionally, over four-year terms, Presidents Bill Clinton (twice, 12.3 and 11.3 million), Ronald Reagan (10.8 million) , Obama (10.4 million), Jimmy Carter (10.3 million) and Lyndon Johnson (9.9 million) all exceeded Mr. Trump's (pre-Covid) job growth rate. In terms of percentage job growth, Mr. Trump doesn't even crack the top 10 presidential terms for largest gains.
Next, the author applauds Mr. Trump's "quick action on COVID." Huh???? Mr. Trump's response, or more correctly, non-response, put the U.S. at the bottom of the world's industrialized nations. With only 4 percent of the world population, we have over 20 percent of its cases and deaths and rank 8th highest per capita for both metrics, outpaced only by Mideast and Latin- American countries.
Nearly every infectious disease expert on the planet attributes those grim facts to a slow roll-out of testing, the lack of a national plan, poor contact tracing and terrible messaging from President Trump. A Cornell University study of 38 million English-language articles on COVID concluded that "the president of the United States was the single largest driver of misinformation around Covid," and that he "comprised 37.9% of the overall misinformation conversation." Right now, over 50,000 Americans are stricken and 750 more die daily. Quite an accomplishment.
As for some of the other "indisputable facts," they all ring just as hollow. Mideast peace accords between nations that were never at war, the President's handling of the opioid crisis that has seen the four highest numbers of annual deaths, ineffective Executive Orders that did little to lower drug prices, and his cutting regulations jeopardized worker safety, consumers and the environment.
On the other side is Joe Biden, who opposes fracking (on Federal land only), wants to raise taxes on high earners (and hopefully tax cheats like Mr. Trump), wants to ban assault rifles and supports an individual's reproductive rights. I think I know who I will be voting for.
Retired 28-year DOT Employee
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