Too fo­cused on red ver­sus blue

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Paul Lawrence’s letter to the ed­i­tor July 4 used some 500 words worth of En­ter­prise ink to fo­cus on red vs. blue, or us against them. Even with his narrow view of the world, Mr. Lawrence must un­der­stand:

(Blue) Hil­lary Clin­ton is his­tory. She lost. She is not a player po­lit­i­cally, do­mes­ti­cally or in­ter­na­tion­ally. Get over it.

(Blue) Oba­macare, with its dis­trac­tions, elim­i­nated pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions as a rea­son for non-cov­er­age by med­i­cal in­surance com­pa­nies, elim­i­nated time lim­its for care of ex­ist­ing con­di­tions, ac­com­mo­dated more pre­ven­ta­tive screen­ing and care ser­vices, al­lowed more peo­ple to ob­tain cov­er­age and low­ered pre­scrip­tion drug costs. Be­cause of Oba­macare, mil­lions of peo­ple have ben­e­fited.

(Red) “The Steele dossier” was ini­tially funded by The Washington Free Press, a con­ser­va­tive rag, and Paul Singer, a ma­jor donor to red causes. Steele’s out­fit fun­neled in­for­ma­tion gained from their in­ves­ti­ga­tions to Paul Manafort and Carter Page, ma­jor play­ers in the 2016 GOP pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

(Red) The For­eign In­tel­li­gence and Sur­veil­lance Act Court, dur­ing the time Mr. Lawrence cites as ap­prov­ing FBI war­rants, con­sisted of judges ap­pointed by the chief jus­tice of the U.S. Supreme Court, who was nom­i­nated and ap­proved dur­ing a Repub­li­can ad­min­is­tra­tion. And, the court was no­ti­fied that part of the jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for those war­rants was in­for­ma­tion from a po­lit­i­cally funded source.

Rather than dwelling on what was, Mr. Lawrence might want to look to the rel­e­vancy of the pre­sent with re­spect to or­ga­nized crime or prof­its — specif­i­cally to the Trump/Kush­ner ad­min­is­tra­tion:

(Red) Trump ho­tel in­come jumped from $33.8 mil­lion in 2016 to $60.5 mil­lion in 2017.

(Red) Var­i­ous Trump prop­er­ties banked at least $720,000 from Trump cam­paign events.

(Red) Mar-a-Lago, a Trump prop­erty, in­creased mem­ber fees from $100,000 to $200,000, be­fore taxes, after the elec­tion.

(Red) Se­cret Ser­vice golf cart rentals alone cost tax­pay­ers $137,000 in first nine months of the ad­min­is­tra­tion. The pay­ments go to Trump’s golf busi­nesses.

(Red) The Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee spent more than $300,000 at Trump prop­er­ties in 2016 and 2017.

(Red) President Trump and fam­ily spent $147 mil­lion on per­sonal travel dur­ing the first nine months in of­fice.

(Red) The Repub­li­can tax plan could Amer­i­cans cost $3 tril­lion to $7 tril­lion over the next decade.

More or­ga­nized crime? The spe­cial coun­sel in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Trump’s 2016 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign and any Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the elec­tion in­cludes:

(Red) Widen­ing the fo­cus of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to look pos­si­ble col­lud­ing with for­eign in­tel­li­gence agen­cies to in­flu­ence the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion;

(Red) Ex­am­in­ing ap­par­ent at­tempts to ob­struct FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Ev­i­dence of past and pre­sent red par­tic­i­pa­tion in the pre­sent Candy­land hits the pub­lic me­dia daily. For ex­am­ple:

• En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency: Ear­marked $3.5 mil­lion for ad­min­is­tra­tor se­cu­rity, $260,000 for other than of­fi­cial travel and use of gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees to per­form per­sonal and fam­ily tasks.

• Depart­ment of De­fense: Des­ig­nated $30 mil­lion for a pres­i­den­tial mil­i­tary pa­rade. Costs do not in­clude in­creased se­cu­rity and hous­ing for in­vited for­eign guests.

• Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity/Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment: $21.6 bil­lion for a wall along our coun­try’s south­ern bor­der. Why?

Can­not won­der too much more about why and where Mr. Lawrence is com­ing from with­out putting The En­ter­prise into an ink deficit.

Fred Lothrop, Leonard­town

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