To the Editor:

If the Republicans win on Nov. 8, get ready for a national ban on abortion, a rollback of student loan forgiveness, and phasing out of Medicare and Social Security. Read their editorials and letters; this is what they propose to do.

Republicans, including Ron Johnson, want to make Social Security and Medicare “discretionary payments.” In simple terms, that means that the Congress could simply decide not to pay the benefits you have paid for and you have earned.

The Democrats didn’t cause inflation and the Republicans can’t fix it. It is world-wide, caused by rising demand, supply chain issues, rising wages due to a world-wide shortage of workers, and record-high corporate profits. Do not be taken in by Republican lies. Their solution, as always, is more tax breaks for billionaires and more pain for the rest of us.

Millions of registered Democrats chose not to vote in 2016. That gave us Donald Trump and his minions.

If you love this country, if you believe in the Constitution, get angry, get registered, get out and vote Democratic on Nov. 8.

— David Sakrison

Ripon

(9) comments

Dale Failor

This is not a problem with our country alone. Republicans would love to think that but its not true.Some people have their news from some not so reliable news channels like Fox and Truth Social. Get the REAL NEWS and check out the MAJORITY of the news networks.

Sallie Helmer

If you think the Democrats can solve Inflation after they caused it. I feel sorry for you.

Michael Shohoney

Oh, Sallie. Once again you show an utter lack of knowledge about a current subject. Inflation has been caused by a lack of goods driving prices up. It is WORLDWIDE not just the US. In fact, the US has a lower rate of inflation than anywhere else. So, exactly how did the Democrats cause it? It's called pandemic and supply chain. Just stop believing that all bad in the world is from a political party. You truly are a broken record.

Sallie Helmer

Far from saving the economy, the Biden administration’s policies have demonstrably slowed the recovery and then pushed it in reverse.

"Massive federal deficits, funded by the Federal Reserve, have caused skyrocketing inflation under Biden, who took office when inflation was only 1.4% and real wages were rising. In just 18 months, Biden managed to push inflation to over 9% and prices were rising nearly as fast in a single month as they did in the entire year before Biden took office.

The prices that businesses pay have risen even faster than prices for consumers. This wholesale inflation hit 13 new record highs under Biden and has been stuck in double digits for more than a third of Biden’s presidency.

Inflation has not gotten better under Biden, but far worse. It has not been this bad in more than 40 years.

The idea that Biden’s agenda somehow saved a stalled economy is also fallacious. Biden inherited an economy growing at a $1.5 trillion annualized rate. In only a year, the administration’s policies have caused the economy to shrink, contracting in the first six months of this year.

The slowdown has not been limited to economic growth, either.

The labor market was in a robust recovery when Biden took office, but shortly thereafter, the American Rescue Plan was rammed through Congress. Job growth slowed dramatically in the wake of that excess spending, with average monthly job gains being cut in half.

The recovery under President Donald Trump added more jobs in less time than under Biden.

The nationwide impacts of Biden’s economic agenda have clearly been negative, but the individual impacts have been devastating for the average American. The average worker has seen prices rise so much faster than wages that it has been the equivalent of a 5.5% pay cut since Biden took office. That may not sound like much, but it adds up to more than  $3,000 a year in lost income.

To add insult to injury, interest rates are rising fast, and that increases borrowing costs on everything from credit cards to mortgages. On average, higher rates today compared with when Biden became president are costing an average of $1,200 per year. For a typical family with both parents working and both earning the average income, they are effectively $7,200 poorer than 21 months ago.

Many people are even worse off than the average. Consider the mortgage on a median-priced home: That mortgage has gotten 80% more expensive since Biden took office, costing an additional $10,000 a year and an additional $300,000 over the course of the loan. It’s no wonder that homeownership affordability has plummeted more than 35% under Biden.

Even those with savings instead of debt have gotten crushed under the weight of Biden’s policies. The average 401(k) has lost $34,000 this year, or about 25%. Those nearing retirement are faced with the stark reality that they likely cannot retire anytime soon."

Like FDR’s New Deal, Biden’s Tax-and-Spend Policies Have Been an Economic Wrecking Ball---Oct 28, 2022 ----EJ Antoni

https://www.heritage.org/markets-and-finance/commentary/fdrs-new-deal-bidens-tax-and-spend-policies-have-been-economic

Michael Shohoney

Sallie, once again you prove that you are the copy and paste queen. Not an original thought in your head.

Michael Shohoney

Read it an weep, Sallie. Largest reduction in the deficit in HISTORY! By a Democrat!

https://www-cnbc-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.cnbc.com/amp/2022/10/21/us-budget-deficit-cut-in-half-for-biggest-decrease-ever-amid-covid-spending-declines.html?amp_gsa=1&amp_js_v=a9&usqp=mq331AQKKAFQArABIIACAw%3D%3D#amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&aoh=16670602173017&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnbc.com%2F2022%2F10%2F21%2Fus-budget-deficit-cut-in-half-for-biggest-decrease-ever-amid-covid-spending-declines.html

Carol Cate

Aw Honey, I have felt sorry for you from the first time I read any of your postings or letters to this paper or other local newspapers....

Bill Bumby

It’s pathetic that she has such a myopic view of the world

Al Fresco

Bill, Helmer is no more than a control freak. Her mind is closed and the future is no farther away than the tip of her nose. She is the poster child for why we need to fund our schools and support our teachers. Kids need to learn how to think critically and be open to others and their opinions.

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