Too focused on red versus blue
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