In response: The GOP needs the reality check


In response to Mr. Samuel Foust, I must say that I believe the Republicans are the ones who need a “reality check.”

Many of his statements are just “pants on fire” wrong.

First, Joe Biden won the 2020 election by about 7 million votes. Mr. Foust should not continue to echo the BIG LIE that the election was fraudulent. I might add that both Republican Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty have also failed to acknowledge publicly that Joe Biden won fair and square.

They should both be ashamed because they know better.

Yes, President Biden wants to raise taxes on corporations to fund his desperately needed infrastructure plan. The “reality” is that the corporate tax rate was 35-percent until the Trump tax cuts lowered it to 21-percent.

Biden is proposing a rate of 28-percent which is quite reasonable.

Most Americans agree that corporations should not be allowed to pay NO TAXES and should be willing to pay their fair share.

In 2020, 55 major corporations paid no federal income tax. Individuals making below $400,000 per year will not see their taxes increase under Biden’s plan.

At last, we have a President who is acknowledging the “reality” of climate change and is working to prepare the U.S. to lead the way and compete in the green energy field.

The claim that we are “swapping energy independence for energy dependence” is just false.

Many of the items in the infrastructure bill are designed to help us compete with China and other countries by funding research (clean-energy technology, methods to reduce emissions, etc.).

One of the many dangers of climate change is food scarcity.

The price of food in the U.S. has steadily increased since 2000 and the pandemic has accelerated the rate of increase.

Mr. Foust mentioned “misery index” and “chaos” theory, neither of which made sense to me.

However, I must say that in my lifetime (seven decades) there has never been as much chaos as in President Trump’s White administration.

Moreover, the “misery” that our whole country has experienced from the current pandemic was made so much worse by President Trump’s lies, denial and incompetent response to the Coronavirus threat.

Mr. Foust brings up the humanitarian crisis at our border by calling it “lethal” to our future. I must remind him that candidate Trump used the same talking points before the 2016 election to ramp up fear and paranoia. In “reality” where was the lethal danger?

A tiny virus has killed over half a million of our citizens.

Even worse, while President Trump was focusing all attention on the border, he eliminated in 2018 the Pandemic Response Team.

Finally, it seems that Mr. Foust believes the President of the U.S. is so powerful that he/she can control the price of gasoline.

Totally wrong!

The price of gasoline fluctuates on a global commodities market — it will continue to rise and fall regardless of who is President.

If Mr. Foust is really worried about gasoline at $6-per-gallon, maybe he should buy an electric car and be part of the solution to the world’s climate crisis.

Marsha Livingston