Mr. Pres­i­dent, tell me who is rich

The Morning Call - - TOWN SQUARE -

Last week, the pres­i­dent said that Amer­i­can con­sumers are “rich.” I am cu­ri­ous: Did he ask the farm­ers in Ne­braska or Iowa if they are rich? Did he ask the sin­gle mother of two in Pennsylvan­ia work­ing two jobs just to pay the rent and put food on the table if she is rich?

Did he ask the re­tired cou­ple liv­ing on So­cial Se­cu­rity and per­haps a small pen­sion try­ing to de­cide be­tween their over­priced pre­scrip­tion or food if they are rich? Per­haps he asked a fire­man, po­lice of­fi­cer or teacher if they are rich? Maybe he asked a Na­tive Amer­i­can liv­ing on a reser­va­tion in Ari­zona if he is rich?

Of course, he prob­a­bly asked his golf part­ners at one of his pri­vate clubs if they were rich. Or a CEO. Or per­haps any num­ber of lawyers that he keeps on re­tainer.

What about the col­lege stu­dent, bur­dened with stu­dent debt, work­ing an en­try level job, is he/she rich? Just who are these “rich” Amer­i­cans? Look around out­side your in­ner cir­cle, Mr. Pres­i­dent, and tell me who is rich. Joseph Scull Coop­ers­burg

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