The Trumpet Sounds Hollow

The president, his personal media outlet, and his religious base often cite the economy, unemployment and the stock market as evidence he is the “chosen one.” This could be great news for some, yet leaves a lot to be desired for millions of other people. Take for instance; the single parent who must work three jobs in order to supply food for the family. To that person the robust economy is more ‘bust than ro.

For the family who cannot get any kind of health care simply because doctor visits and/or the insurance is so un-affordable, the economy means very little. In general, a regular routine appointment with a primary care doctor, without any other tests involved, can cost anywhere from $150 to $300 without insurance. If the visit is through the hospital at an emergency room, then the fees can soar to $375 to more than $700 without insurance. Who can afford such visits–no person who works at menial paying jobs? But at the same time, these menial paying jobs keeps the unemployment numbers down.

Yes, the stock market is at an all-time high, but who gets the most benefits?  To those who already have a fortune it is a windfall. To those who find it hard to make ends meet on a regular basis, it has no meaning whatsoever. The cost of living is at an all-time high too. So for the struggling family, the high stock market is only for the rich to make more money.

Don’t try to sell the economy to the dairy farmer who is forced to file bankruptcy on a farm that has been in the family for 10-20 generations; for him the economy is not robust. For the soybean farmer who has lost his market for the crops, the economy sucks. For the cranberry farmers who worked so hard to build up a market, and watched it disappear because of the tariffs—his economy is in the pits. These people have lives, family and are generally thought of as the backbone of America-don’t they count any more.

The 28m dollars for the relief to the farmer is a joke because the huge corporate farms, some owned by foreign corporations, get the bulk of money and the small family farm gets little if any. They don’t seem to qualify. Their lives are anything but wonderful, no matter how loud the trumpeteers cheer.

What about the homeless–their numbers are soaring? It is estimated nearly one and half million people have sought shelter of some sort in the past year. Homeless is highest among returning veterans who served their county, yet they are not be served in the hour of greatest need. In the year 2017 some 37,000 vets committed suicide. Suicide numbers are growing at an alarming rate among otherwise stable people. Where is the cry for them?

The trumpeteers never even mention the national debt. Railing against the debt was the rallying cry for the conservatives who now find it acceptable; it is overlooked because the stock market is high and the economy is booming. However, the 2019 budget will include a $1.092 trillion budget deficit. How is that for our robust economy? In the real world, spending more than you earn is called mis-management, but for the “called one” and his followers it is pure genius. Continue to praise the chosen if you like, for me I will bow out. I will follow a real leader………Thanks for reading!

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