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OPINION May 23, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.

Source of the problem

Dear editor:

In response to Mr. Foshee's letter "America is in trouble," he is absolutely correct about the huge problems facing this country. The hate and divides of our citizens, the continued pressure from the communist countries, the armed attack on our Capitol, and the fake news/lies (FOX) being spread/believed are all deep problems. His only error is that these problems have arisen from Donald Trump's lies and continued with his Republican propaganda machine; copied from Hitler's takeover of Germany and Putin's iron fist in Russia.

The original Republican Party is being held together by two honest people, Mitt Romney and Liz Cheney. The other 147 representatives only follow the orders of their ambitious political masters. Chaney stood tall against the lies, fears, and threats boiling out from the Trump Republicans. Those Republicans only worry about their current jobs and amassing political money; they care not about our nation. They follow "the rich get richer" Republican mantra, not "a nation of the people, by the people, for the people." The average citizen is sinking financially; cost of goods has skyrocketed, manufacturing plants (and their machinery) were shipped to China (from where we now buy all their shoddy output). Service jobs abound while the middle class (and their jobs) have been decimated.

As a nation, we now have an honest, God-fearing, true American president who is trying so hard to lead a split nation; a nation divided by the lies of a greedy, stupid, anarchist former president who only wants power and fortune to feed his massive ego. I understand the Trump politician's fears of losing their massive corporate money but how does a large group of average, intelligent, American citizens get sucked into a propaganda machine that is aiming at the forceful overthrow of our nation? (They have already tried once!)

Jim Pumphrey

Garland County

Selected amnesia

Dear editor:

The GOP is myopic and uses selected amnesia with federal spending.

When others propose spending, they pull out the conservative spending mantra. Since Ronald Reagan, the Republican Party has shoveled $5.6 trillion dollars to the rich. Donald Trump shoveled $2 trillion to the rich and ended his term adding $7 trillion to the federal deficit. Today, 46 people own 50% of the world's wealth. The United States has 600 billionaires and 3% of the population owns 95% of all private land. In 1989, middle-class families owned 12% of the nation's wealth and today it is 7%. The top 20 percent held 77 percent of total household wealth in 2016. All of the middle class holds less wealth than the top 1%.

Only the top 20% has recovered from the Great Recession. The middle class pays more income taxes than the top 1% and some billionaires pay none at all. Those voting for Republicans for status will never be rich. Their vote makes the rich, richer. The middle class that holds the nation together and supports society is dropping into the lower class and struggles to survive.

Jerry Davis

Hot Springs

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