Trump’s tax cuts were not passed to con­sumers

The State - - Opinion -

Dur­ing my wife’s re­cent ill­ness, I had the op­por­tu­nity to shop for the two of us. It was a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Shop­ping for grits, gro­ceries and other house­hold goods is phys­i­cally, men­tally, emo­tion­ally and, even, spir­i­tu­ally more chal­leng­ing and de­mand­ing than those of us who don’t do it think.

I also learned that, while I do not have the ca­pac­ity to com­pile data and check facts as news me­dia, I can con­firm that Pres­i­dent Trump’s ve­rac­ity is sus­pect or worse. Con­trary to his an­nounce­ment dur­ing a Florida rally, you do not have to present iden­ti­fi­ca­tion to shop. More­over, the con­stant in­sis­tence from the pres­i­dent, his spokes­women and so many of his Con­gres­sional sup­port­ers that the cor­po­rate tax cuts would be passed on to con­sumers is a flat-out lie. The cost of liv­ing for food, fuel, and ev­ery­thing in be­tween is ris­ing. It is vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble for a fam­ily, of four, even with two min­i­mum wage earn­ers, to pro­vide healthy and nu­tri­tious food for three meals a day.

The boast­ing about the low un­em­ploy­ment and the strong stock mar­ket and econ­omy may be good for those of us who are fi­nan­cially se­cure, even rel­a­tively so. How­ever, our fel­low Amer­i­cans who live on the mar­gins of so­ci­ety are suf­fer­ing as much, if not more, than ever. A land of plenty, my foot.

– Cer­mette Clardy Jr.

Isle of Palms

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