Letter to the Editor

What is important?

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Why is anyone obsessed with whether President Trump changed the FBI plans to build a new FBI headquarters in downtown Washington? If President Trump did anything illegal I am sure the 93% of Democratic federal workers in Washington and the national news media would immediately let us know. The national news media (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, PBS, AP, WP, and NYT) have made 93% of their news stories negative about President Trump.

The Mueller report now confirms the Trump campaign had no collusion with Russia. Immediately viewership on CNN and MSNBC fell 50%. Since there was no Russian collusion it would be hard to charge anyone with "obstruction of justice." Under Article II of the Constitution the President of the United States is head of the executive branch of the federal government. He can fire anyone at any time, with or without cause.

The more important issue is what impact President Trump’s policies are having on our daily lives. Just a sample:

• GDP growth exceeded 3% over the last four quarters.

• More than 5 million jobs have been created — unemployment rate remains below 4%.

• The unemployment rate for African Americans fell to the lowest rate on record.

• Asian and Hispanic-American unemployment rates have reached record lows.

• Initial weekly jobless claims have hit a nearly 50-year low.

• Since the election, 4.6 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps.

• Consumer confidence has soared — recently reaching an 18-year high.

• America is the largest crude oil producer in the world.

• President Trump signed the First Step Act, which includes bipartisan reforms to make our Federal justice system fairer and our communities safer.

• He secured funding to begin building the wall and construction has already begun.

• He has made our country safer by ordering the enhanced vetting of individuals entering from countries that do not meet our security standards.

I believe President Trump’s policies are making real improvements for our country. That is more important to our country than a President who has a nice personality, but accomplishes far less. I prefer a president that negotiates for America, rather than one who tries to gain popularity points for himself.

Phil Petersen

Okoboji