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Letter: It's election season: Time to be smart

To the editor,

Despite Donald Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again," Republicans say the U.S. has always been a great country. That's like saying a back-sliding church-goer making an offering after first beating up his neighbor to steal his paycheck is "a great Christian."

Republicans criticize government for keeping an experienced workforce to handle important work like avoiding corruption by following the law, instead calling it "the deep state." That's like saying we need more naïve, inexperienced people like Trump meeting Putin in Iceland and looking like a fool to his horrified support staff and the rest of us when he denied the Russian interference that corrupted our last election.

These Republicans want voters to elect Republicans at both state and federal levels. How is that going to make anything better with the Republicans so intent on doing away with affordable health care? And with massive government debt growing with that last tax cut benefiting only Republican corporate fat-cats, higher interest rates from government borrowing to pay for it are going to stall the economy. To leave Republicans in control will mean job losses and, to avoid poverty, cashing in hard-earned annuity pension plans.

Let's face reality: Any DFL candidate is better than the best of these spendthrift, unchristian, fat-cat corporate supporting Republican candidates. Republicans have kept wages flat for 30 years under Reagan's voodoo trickle-down economy. What had been normal wage increases were sucked up to pay for stock dividends for these annuity plans. The voodoo was these annuity plans had to be sold during regular economic downturns resulting in job losses. Of course, these annuity plan stocks were bought up by those fat-cat Republicans already planning the next economic downturn to do it all over again.

That's why Trump likes economic downturns to rob us of our hard-earned investments. He and his Republicans are working hard to bring it on again. He and his Republican friends will clean up with their Russian investors again if they succeed at buying this next election.

Why would you ever elect Republicans again?

With Democrat leadership, we can get affordable health care for all, livable wages, restore protections for all lives, fund education, balance the national and state budgets, and provide responsible decisions in a healthy government elected by normal people.

Let's get smart this time.

Erwin R. Rud

Fosston, Minn.

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