Good econ­omy and democ­racy are at­tain­able

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Opinion -

While Don­ald Trump con­stantly brags that he alone is re­spon­si­ble for the good econ­omy, in fact, his time in of­fice has over­seen a con­tin­u­a­tion of the eco­nomic growth that be­gan at the end of the 2010 re­ces­sion. The 19 months pre­vi­ous to this ad­min­is­tra­tion saw 3.9 mil­lion jobs cre­ated; the sub­se­quent 19 months re­sulted in an ad­di­tional 3.6 mil­lion jobs.

Even if he were given to­tal credit for the state of our econ­omy, it is il­log­i­cal to be­lieve he is the only per­son who can man­age it ef­fec­tively in or­der to main­tain its cur­rent course. He is, how­ever, the only per­son who will con­tinue to re­nounce and dis­re­gard our con­sti­tu­tional stan­dards, while pur­su­ing an ul­ti­mate goal: to be an au­to­cratic dic­ta­tor sim­i­lar to his role mod­els, Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un, and Prince Mo­ham­mad.

It need not be a bi­nary choice — we can and must at­tain both: a pres­i­dent who will sus­tain the econ­omy on an up­ward course while re­spect­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion and gov­ern­ing our coun­try in the man­ner our found­ing fa­thers in­tended. Above all, we need and de­serve a leader who will con­duct him­self in a man­ner be­fit­ting the pres­i­dency of the great­est democ­racy in world his­tory. – Marti Nicely, Fresno

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