What has Repub­li­can lead­er­ship done to South Carolina?

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE -

A re­cent Sun ar­ti­cle com­pared the rel­a­tive wealth, poverty and ed­u­ca­tional achieve­ment of Rep. Eli­jah Cum­mings’ 7th dis­trict in Mary­land to that of South Carolina’s 5th Dis­trict that had been rep­re­sented by Mick Mul­vaney, who is Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s chief of staff (“An ‘in­ter­est­ing com­par­i­son:’ Eli­jah Cum­mings’ dis­trict and Mick Mul­vaney’s for­mer dis­trict, side by side,” Aug. 8). This com­par­i­son was note­wor­thy given some of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s other tweets. For in­stance, the pres­i­dent said that “sta­tis­ti­cally, Bal­ti­more ranks last in al­most ev­ery ma­jor cat­e­gory.” The com­par­i­son in The Sun showed that Mr. Cum­mings’ dis­trict ranked more fa­vor­ably than Mr. Mul­vaney’s dis­trict in many rel­e­vant cat­e­gories.

Take this com­par­i­son a step fur­ther and eval­u­ate the wealth in Mr. Cum­mings’ dis­trict com­pared to wealth in other parts of the coun­try. I an­a­lyzed wealth since Mr. Trump and his sup­port­ers do not seem to hold mea­sures such as hon­esty, in­tegrity, moral­ity or de­cency in high re­gard, but they do con­sider wealth as a para­mount mea­sure of suc­cess. Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est cen­sus, the av­er­age house­hold in­come of $51,000 in Mr. Cum­mings’ dis­trict is higher than the av­er­age house­hold in­come in Alabama, Louisiana, Mis­sis­sippi, South Carolina, New Mex­ico, Ten­nessee and West Vir­ginia.

The pres­i­dent at­trib­uted the mal­adies in Bal­ti­more to the in­com­pe­tence of many gen­er­a­tions of Demo­cratic po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship. Since all these other states voted Repub­li­can in the last pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and have in many cases suf­fered from Repub­li­can lead­er­ship for gen­er­a­tions, what will the pres­i­dent blame for their dis­mal per­for­mances?

Jack Kin­stlinger, Tow­son

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