An open letter to President Trump about freedom

 

Mr. Trump, you recently declared that America “will never be a socialist country.” You said, “We are born free, and we will stay free.”

But how “free” are the common people of America? Fifty percent of Americans live in poverty or near-poverty. One in six Americans faces hunger each day. Nearly one third of our people either have no health insurance or inadequate insurance./home/cliff/LRNA/WebSites/working.peoplestribune/PT.2019.03/pt.2019.03.03_trump.jpg
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Each year, 3.5 million Americans experience homelessness, including more than a million children. Over 7 million are at imminent risk of being homeless. Jobs have been disappearing, wages have stagnated for years, and the cost of living continues to rise. Meanwhile the value of public assistance has dropped, and it’s harder for people to get.

But public assistance is easy for big business to get. Many employees at corporations such as Amazon, Walmart, Burger King, McDonald’s and American Airlines are paid so little, they rely on public assistance programs to get by. Walmart gets a $6.2 billion-a-year subsidy from government in the form of public assistance for Walmart employees. And 52% of all fast-food workers rely on public assistance. It’s great that these workers can get this help, but clearly the people are subsidizing the profits of big business.

Countless other government subsidies go to corporations and billionaires. Look at your 2017 tax cuts—65% of it will go to the richest fifth of Americans. And incidentally, Mr. Trump, what about the $885 million in tax breaks, grants and other subsidies that you received for your luxury apartments, hotels and office buildings in New York?

While these public subsidies are not real socialism, it certainly looks like you and your billionaire buddies enjoy at least a form of socialism, and it doesn’t seem to have restricted your freedom any. What we, the people, need is a government that will kick the wealthy out of the public trough and instead guarantee the people’s freedom and well-being at least as well as government has done for you and your rich friends.

Sincerely,
The American People

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