Mike Shelton

Democrats’ No. 1 strategy: Lie

Editor:

After the 2016 election, there was nothing but Russian collusion.

Overwhelming evidence the Trump campaign must have colluded with the Russians because the deplorably tainted voters could not have possibly lost to Hillary.

For almost a year and a half, all the Democrats had to say was there were hard facts the Trump camp colluded with the Russians.  The Mueller Report concluded no collusion. This wasn’t enough. There has been nonstop bashing of the president. Whether you like him or not, you should respect the office. This all goes back to the fact that the Democrats lost the 2016 election. The Democrats even tried intimidating the electors of the Electoral College.  So before casting aspersions, look in the mirror.

Les Armstrong

Goodyear

A review of “successes”

Editor:

At a rally in Toledo this month, President Trump said, “I’ve completed more promises than I’ve made.” Only a very stable genius could achieve that, I suppose, but did he really fulfill the 60 promises he made in his “Contract with the American Voter” during his campaign? 

The Washington Post researched this issue and concluded Trump has kept 35% of his promises and has broken 43% of them. And he said he would complete or launch them in his first 100 days in office. Let’s review some of his major failures from his first 1,000-plus days.

“We will build a big, beautiful wall all across our southern border.” Update: U.S. Border Patrol reports about 93 miles of new and replacement wall was built.

“Mexico will pay for the border wall.” Update: He confided to the president of Mexico in 2017 that he really didn’t intend to push for this, and he hasn’t.

“I will expand GNP growth to 4% a year.” Update: The Bureau of Economic Activity reports annual growth of 2.3%, 2.9% and 2.3% the last three years.

“I will have a $1 trillion revenue-neutral infrastructure plan.” Update: There is no progress, no plan and very little infrastructure work done.

“My policies will rapidly bring down the national debt.” Update: The national debt is up almost $3 trillion is three years and economists expect a $1 trillion deficit in 2020.

“I will reduce the number of tax brackets from seven to three and simplify tax forms.” Update: Remember the 5 x 8 cards he held up? It never happened—we still have seven tax brackets and tax forms are more complex for many taxpayers.

“We will repeal and replace Obamacare.” Update: Some parts of it have been repealed, but it remains a valued program for millions of people. And he is now trying to get rid of required coverage for preexisting conditions.

“My administration will end Common Core.” Update: 39 states still use Common Core.

“I will end America’s ‘endless wars’ in the Middle East.” Update: We have more troops in the Middle East now than we did three years ago.

“I will push for term limits for all members of Congress.” Update: No push happened.

Broken promises. Thousands of lies. Withdrawing from international agreements. Cheating on all his wives. Credible reports of sexual assault by many women. Boorish and immature language. Defending white-power groups. Bringing us closer to another war. Offending many of our traditional allies. Praising some of the world’s worst despots. Denying climate change data. Verbally attacking our courts, journalists, NATO, Muslims, African countries, Mexicans, any cabinet member who disagrees with him, our military leaders, Sen. McCain. And openly asking Russia (2016) and Ukraine (2019) to interfere in our national elections.

Supporting Trump because the economy has been good (since 2010) is like selling our American values for 30 pieces of silver. Our national character is at stake. Our democratic republic is at risk. Trump must be removed from the presidency soon.

John Flynn

Goodyear

Questioning Lesko

Editor:

In the Dec. 25 issue. the West Valley View published an article about Rep.  Debbie Lesko. This letter is in response to some of the content in the article.

On Dec. 4, I was with two other constituents who met with Congresswoman Lesko’s district director, Lisa Gray. We had questions for the congresswoman and were told she would respond. So far there has not been a reply. In the West Valley View article, Congresswoman Lesko stated that her research for the 2018 campaign, gave her insight into the concerns of West Valley constituents.  Apparently hearing from constituents in 2019, this isn’t part of her research. She hasn’t had a face-to-face Town Hall since she took office in 2018. Telephone Town Halls let her pick what questions she wants to answer.

On Dec. 4, I asked Congresswoman Lesko to explain why she voted against legislation that states a candidate must report attempts by foreign countries to influence U.S. elections. This legislation says it’s illegal for other countries to spend money on U.S. elections and requires campaigns to follow rules for online advertising. It also demands strong penalties for voter suppression. The actions taken by U.S. Cyber Command to fight Russian internet trolls interfering in the 2018 election are proof that election interference is still a serious problem. Yet Congresswoman Lesko voted against legislation to prevent it.

Congresswoman Lesko stated the impeachment is “tearing this country apart… ,” “…tearing families apart,” yet she supports Trump’s immigration policies that tear families apart at the border and within the United States. The Muslim ban, President Trump’s statement about “s—hole countries,” telling lawmakers who are American citizens to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came,” and, “any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty,” are clearly divisive to families and our whole country.

With respect to Congresswoman Lesko’s assertions that Donald Trump did not commit an impeachable offense, I’m encouraging her to reread the transcript of President Trump’s phone conversation with Volodymyr Zelensky, president of the Ukraine. Then read the law, 52 USC 30121: Contributions and donations by foreign nationals: “It shall be unlawful for a person to solicit, accept, or receive a contribution or donation from a foreign national.” 

In the end it will be Congresswoman Lesko’s constituents who will decide on her opinions with their votes.

Roxanne Kearns, Ed. D.

Litchfield Park

Open your eyes

Editor:

A few days ago, a woman said Kyrsten Sinema took an oath to the Constitution, not the Bible or party and needed to be fair and vote against democrats to acquit Trump. Demorats are going on facts. Republicanss say the democrats didn’t do their job. They were not allowed to because Trump ordered people to refuse subpoenas! More could have been ascertained if their subpoenas would have been honored, which, of course, is why they were ordered not to. Take it to court they said. That would go on for years. Trump would be out of office by then. Both parties knew that.

McConnell and Graham have explicitly said they would not be impartial (before taking an oath to be impartial). Then to say it’s not impeachable for Trump to withhold long-approved aide to a foreign country unless they provide dirt on a political rival is OK? Abuse of power and obstruction of Congress are impeachable and that is what he’s done. Democrats see it and proved it as much as they have been allowed.  Reppublicans will not because they are not fair. My dear, republicans are party over country—not Sinema or the democrats. Open your eyes to the facts and truths.

Mike Getz

Goodyear

Thank you, Buckeye

Editor:

We were invited to do a show at your beautiful Buckeye Library Jan. 9 and we felt so blessed to be there. Many thanks to Janene Van Leeuwen and all the staff and volunteers who made us feel so welcomed and helped us get our show up and running. So many wonderful folks came out and listened to us do our original songs from our first CD together, “Our Love Story: Chapter One.” We even had some folks from Pebble Creek come and share the evening with us. It was an evening of sharing with old, and new friends. We hope to visit with in the near future. We also thank Mayor Jackie Meck and his wife, Verlyne, for joining in making our evening so much fun.

Yes, it is true, we have started on our next CD “Our Love Story: Chapter Two.”

Clyde & Lola Jorgensen

Goodyear