To the Editor:

Since the Trump administration has come into power people have had their health care options taken away, their access to food stamps and social safety nets have been removed. They need to be accountable for themselves we are told. All the while, taxes are cut for millionaires and billionaires to help stimulate the economy and drive up the stock exchanges. I have always thought that we should not do that, the economy is already doing well. We should pay down the debt and prepare for the next crisis. Now we have come to a crisis and the government is talking about spending trillions of dollars to try to help Americans during this time.

I have always thought that we should not do that; the economy is already doing well. We should pay down the debt and prepare for the next crisis. Now we have come to a crisis and the government is talking about spending trillions of dollars to try to help Americans during this time.

The president was being warned that a pandemic was coming way before most of us really understood what was happening. The World Health Organization offered test kits to the United States in January because they warned us the the corona virus had already spread into our communities. Our own experts where sounding the alarm to a president who wouldn’t listen.

The president denied and deflected and wouldn’t accept help. He said it would magically disappear after warmer weather arrived. Every indication is showing that those countries that acted quickly mitigated the problem much faster. Earlier in his administration, he fired the entire CDC Pandemic Response team. Even now that he has brought in a reasonably staffed task force, he continually inserts himself into areas where he would be better letting the scientists and medical experts lead.

When I mention these facts, I often get berated for bashing the president. It must be nice to not have to be held accountable for anything. I think it’s time for taking off the rose colored glasses.

Brad Rice

Lodi

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