Obama, Clin­ton did plenty to help the mid­dle class

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION -

Dear Edi­tor, Re “LET­TER: Trump win a re­sult of Demo­cratic aban­don­ment of mid­dle class,” by Frank Stop­pen­bach, Nov. 9, 2016: The let­ter urged Democrats to move to the left, to “lib­eral po­si­tions,” to look to a stronger fu­ture next time.

The writer failed to note this sub­stan­tial list of pol­icy ac­com­plish­ments that Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, and U.S. Sen. Hil­lary Clin­ton worked to get through Congress when they had a chance to, in 20092011: health care re­form; Wall Street re­form; fed­eral stu­dent loan pro­gram re­formed; in­creased sup­port for vet­er­ans; new EPA pol­lu­tion re­stric­tions; credit card re­forms; equal­ity pay law; im­proved food safety sys­tem; wilder­ness pro­tec­tion; re­new­able tech in­vest­ments.

All of the above help the av­er­age per­son.

Hil­lary Clin­ton would have con­tin­ued to strengthen house­holds in the above ar­eas.

We’ll see what Pres­i­dent Trump will do to make the lives of most of us bet­ter. We’ll see if we have four years of steady eco­nomic growth, of en­vi­ron­men­tal progress, of eco­nomic re­forms. Jon Wech­sler

Rhinebeck

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