Raid Trump tower
EDITOR: Wow, raids on 98 7-Eleven stores in 17 states netted 21 arrests (“ICE targets county 7-Elevens,” Thursday”). That’s a pretty poor use of resources.
My suggestion to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency: Target all of Donald Trump’s U.S. hotels, country clubs and golf course properties. That would be a much lower number of targets and is likely to result in a bonanza of undocumented workers who are moving lawns, washing dishes, making beds and scrubbing toilets at less than minimum wages.
Why am I not holding my breath?
Take our country back
EDITOR: I suffer from PTSD, predominate Trump stress disorder. I now understand why most people ignore politics as I once did because there is more than enough to occupy a life without the BS coming from Washington.
Never before in our history has it become more than obvious that our attention should be focused on what is happening as that BS is now undermining our very existence.
Corruption at the highest levels — transferring funds to donors via the national debt to appease their support at the expense of you, me and our children for a mere few crumbs disguised as a middle-class tax cut — is a disgrace to our intelligence and our mere existence. Those bonuses and wage increases by U.S. companies are being paid by us.
Trump had the gall to brag about it at Mar-a-Lago: “You all just got a lot richer.” Wake up before it’s too late. Let’s take our country back.
Iran and the US
EDITOR: Reading Trudy Rubin’s column in the Jan. 6 paper (“Understanding Iran’s protests”), I found it ironic that all the causes mentioned are precisely the same as those that have triggered much dissatisfaction in the United States:
“A leaked version of a proposed budget … included billions of dollars earmarked for the military …” Recently, the Congress-military industrial complex that controls our foreign policy added $57 billion to an already bloated Trump administration, with plenty of support from Democrats.
“Huge cash subsidies also go to religious foundations controlled by the clerical elite; the budget also proposed to slash subsidies for the poor and increase fuel prices.” The recently passed tax law is doing exactly the same. The American “clerical elite” are the self-proclaimed “God-fearing” highly religious corporate and military CEOs, the infamous 1 percent.
“Many Iranians who had reached middle-class standards are slipping backward” and “Unemployment among those 20 to 24 years was 25 percent.” Guess what it is among African and Latino Americans?
Instead of street protests, at least for now, the dissatisfied voters chose a candidate that pretended to understand them, just as gullible Germans voted for Hitler.
For a living wage
EDITOR: Martin J. Bennett’s Dec. 31 Close to Home column explained how much a living wage would be for Sonoma County (“What is a living wage for Sonoma County?”). Why do we need one?
Every conservative should favor a national living wage. Why? The essence of conservatism is individual responsibility. The present wage system allows corporations to pay low-wage workers less than a living wage. Then, to provide them with a modest standard of living, our government provides assistance for housing, food, health care, child care, etc. All of us pay for that.