Money in the pocket speaks volumes

The big problem I see is that people believe one side, absolutely, and hate the other side, absolutely, as a recent letter writer illustrates.

There are no politicians that I really trust, none. They all seem more influenced by their party and by their contributors, than by the people that elected them. Think about that.

Salud Carbajal is a good example. It's been shown that the majority of Americans want illegal immigration fixed and those who are here illegally removed. Yet Carbajal isn't doing what his constituents want.

And making insinuations that somehow the election wasn't fair because of voter suppression? The people that some are saying are suppressed, generally don't vote anyway, you're just buying into the rhetoric. If they spent half the money they've spent on investigating Russian collaboration (so far, to no avail), on getting people to the polls, or even getting some postage so they could mail their ballots in, what excuse would they use then?

The one thing I can say about Trump is I received the biggest Christmas bonus of my life. And when I can see it in my bank account, it gets my attention.

Boris Roberts

Santa Maria

Who is Trump working for?

In 2016, I saw Trump as delusional -- more naïve than a liar – as, seemingly, he really believed his own hyperbolic rhetorical nonsense.

Now, in 2017, becoming smarter, he has graduated to liar. The Washington Post tabulates more than 2,000 lies. But, to be fair, showman Trump also throws in some acting scripts for his Whitehouse reality soap opera with daily drama.

With this rhetoric, collusion or not, clearly, Trump continues to support the anti-American Putin program: 1) with hateful, hostile division (see New York Times growing tally of 426 insults of American people, places and things in thousands of tweets), 2) by undermining our institutions (as, recently, at war with the FBI and FISA), 3) by refusing to act on Putin sanctions in a bill passed by Congress which he signed, and 4) allowing Putin bots to run rampant with no support to prevent current election meddling. So, why is Trump helping Putin?

Again, collusion or not, obstruction of justice is quite clear. Here, intention is paramount. So Trump told us he fired Comey because of his Russian investigation. And this week, he vowed to release the Nunes memo sight unseen – as he was told that it would help discredit the FBI down to the Mueller probe. Less definite are the many that Trump, apparently, has tried to manipulate to ignore Flynn or other probe areas. So, who is Trump working for?

Don Jones

Santa Maria

 

 

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