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Responding to Sowell’s random thoughts

To the Editor:

It seems that time after time Thomas Sowell writes ultra-conservative rhetoric, bashing anything not Republican, especially the sitting president and the Democratic National Committee.

His latest gibberish, which was especially random, swung so wildly from one topic to another that it must be categorically the mind of a mentally challenged person. First, he suggests that the Democrats can be and have been saved by the Republicans. No, Thomas, the GOP is so broken that they will be trounced by the Dems and the GOP is afraid.

Regarding his trick question: What percentage of American household have incomes in the top 10 percent? His answer 51 percent [at some point in the course of their lifetimes]. But according to the U.S. Census Bureau the top 10 percent had incomes well in excess of $100,000. The exact percentage of households was 10 percent, not 51 percent.

American households’ median level of income is at $54,462. For your little mind, Thomas, that’s the middle, and I would suggest that most working Americans make far less than that. So Thomas, your calculations are way off. Check the U.S. Census statistics. You show me 51 percent of American households earning more than the median level of income at $54,462.

Mr. Sowell’s meandering went from football quarterbacks to university students engaged in protest to captured Americans, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, a humbled president, police risking their lives and on and on and on like a broken record. If anything at all he is/was trying to convince the American public that the only saving party is the GOP. Allow me to educate you.

Prior to the current administration George W. Bush failed September 11.

Instead of prioritizing hunting bin Laden down in Pakistan, where he was suspected of hiding [and where Obama promised to get him during the 2008 presidential election], Bush waged two costly and ineffective wars and left them to the next president. Already Cruz and Trump are suggesting engaging in a war with ISIS, Assad and North Korea. It’s OK if you send in our children to fight your wars, right? Neither Cruz or Trump and even less Bush were in a war campaign.

Bush’s policies caused the great recession. When Bush took office, he inherited a strong economy built by President Bill Clinton: unemployment had fallen from 7.3 percent to 4.2 percent, creating more than 22 million jobs in the process, and the median family income had increased by more than $6,000.

Bush’s presidency only managed to oversee the creation of fewer than 1.1 million jobs, by far the lowest of any president since Harry Truman, while income inequality expanded at staggering levels. The top 10 percent of American earners pulled in almost half of total wages, the most lopsided wealth distribution since 1917. As a result the downward spin of economy and the housing bust started. Many lost jobs, and homes to the top 1 percent. The current administration has gotten a lot people into jobs. When Bush left, unemployment was at 7.8 percent and it is now at 4.6 percent despite the interference by a GOP House and Senate.

Bush eroded American civil liberties to an unprecedented degree. Bush’s post-9/11 legislative initiatives ultimately threatened American freedom more than Osama bin Laden’s schemes ever managed to do. From torturing suspected terrorists in clear violation of the Geneva Convention to laying the groundwork for the National Security Agency’s unprecedented domestic spying program. Here again the GOP candidates are saying they plan to return to spying on U.S. citizens and torture of people.

Bush bungled his response to Hurricane Katrina. Believe it or not, it isn’t that difficult for a president to effectively manage disaster relief after a hurricane: Lyndon Johnson famously mastered the aftermath of Hurricane Betsy in 1965, while Barack Obama’s response to Hurricane Sandy was so effective that it was erroneously credited for his reelection in 2012. By contrast, Bush utterly failed when Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast in 2005 – a subsequent report by the House of Representatives found that his administration disregarded numerous warnings of the threat to New Orleans, did not execute emergency plans, and neglected to share information between different departments that could have saved lives.

When it came to one of the biggest civil rights issue of his time, he placed himself on the wrong side of history. When future historians look back at the early 21st century, there is little question that they will view the campaign for LGBT equality as one of the major civil rights movements of the era. Yet not only did Bush fail to advocate on behalf of the LGBT community [despite his vice president having a lesbian daughter and his party being chaired by a closeted gay man, Ken Mehlman, during his second term], but he actively exploited anti-gay bigotry during his re-election campaign in 2004.

Thomas, give your readers sensible commentary by not lying, providing truth in your statements, check your sources, and stop the fear mongering. The general public is not the uneducated boobs that Trump loves.

Your picture shows me that you are African-American, but your comments demonstrate to me that most of the public and African-Americans would think your beliefs are not those of an African-American person. You are so far to the right that you would not fit in with most of the St. Louis area and I believe you don’t support them.

Walt Gamache

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