Trump is no friend of American workers
To the editor:
This is an open letter to blue collar workers and some middle class citizens who support Donald Trump.
My husband was a blue collar worker and for many years we struggled to make ends meet and have an enjoyable life. When my husband had to leave work with a disability I was fortunate to gain reemployment at Martin Marietta, the former General Electric company in our hometown. Fortunately I regained my previous service and eventually was able to retire with excellent benefits.
I know how scared I was during the time before I went back to Martin Marietta and I know how lucky we were that it happened. I understand how terrible it must be to live from paycheck to paycheck (if there is one).
I know many of you are angry with the government's seeming lack of interest in your needs. You may recall Mitch McConnell saying that Obama would be a one-term president. You may also recall the Republican Congress' determination not to cooperate with the president's priorities. With a little research on the internet I was able to find a list of Obama's priorities which had been blocked by Congress. Many of those programs are the very programs that would have helped the middle class, veterans, extend unemployment benefits, child day care and others. Some eventually passed but not without a struggle or changes that left the bills almost ineffectual.
When I watch the faces of Trump's supporters at rallies I see many angry men and women and I wonder how many of them know the real story behind all of his accusations. Does he know the real story of why America's middle class is suffering? And does he really care? He says he does but his record shows he has cared very little in the past for people he had to lay off, debts he hasn't paid, buildings he's foreclosed upon, and many bankruptcies.
When he sounds reasonably calm and seems to be making sense, he's always reading from a paper or off teleprompters which causes me to wonder if what he's saying are his own words or something someone wrote because he's incapable of original thoughts of his own. When he does his usual thing, saying anything that comes into his mind, his audience laughs. I can't believe that nice hard-working people laugh at the things he says. Is this who we want to be? Is this how we want to bring up our children — as people who encourage someone who is hateful and disrespectful to anyone who doesn't agree with them?
Please do some research of your own and do it on both parties. You will be amazed at what you'll find and you may want to rethink your choice in this election.
Connie Dillon Yannone, Pittsfield