Readers Write: December 1, 2016: Who’s doing the shafting

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Editor:

Noting letter “America still has a pulse” from Mark Dean in Nov 24, 2016, Town Crier where he says “Middle Americans have been getting shafted by the Left for the last eight years … ”

Really? Would this be the Affordable Care Act that now covers more than 20 million Americans who had no health insurance before 2009? We are now about 90 percent covered in the U.S.

Or would this “shafted” be the Consumer Protection Act that protects American consumers from abuses from big companies? Or maybe Dodd-Frank that cracked down on Wall Street outrages after the economy crashed in 2007-08?

Were U.S. auto workers/suppliers “shafted” by Obama’s rescue of the auto industry?

Maybe marriage equality is an example of the “getting shafted by the Left …”

Perhaps Middle Americans getting shafted would accurately describe a situation when since 1992, Republican presidential candidates have lost the popular vote in six of last seven presidential elections (1992, 1996, 2000 with Gore by more than 500,000 votes, 2008, 2012 and 2016 where Clinton will have more than 2 million more votes than the next president when counting is done). And we ended up with eight years of “W” and now this situation.

And now we are about to get “shafted” by the same party controlling both Houses of Congress and the White House — the same bunch who from 2001 to 2006 got the country into two quagmire wars and the worst economic crash since the 1930s.

Shafted.

Bob Saunders

Garner Valley/Paradise Corners

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