Letters to the Editor

Trump has to be better than Clinton

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is joined by his daughter Ivanka during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is joined by his daughter Ivanka during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. AP

The pathway to small business is cluttered with obstacles. There are so many taxes, fees, rules and regulations that a plumber or mover who wants to start and grow a simple business is utterly intimidated. The leader of the free world contemptuously tells small businesspeople: “You didn’t build that!”

What happened to the attitude in our country that small businesspeople are the epitome of what we are? When, exactly, did they become the villains of our piece?

To me, they are the heroes. The villains are the politicians who enrich themselves at the expense of the people, feigning compassion while lining their pockets.

Donald Trump has built a great business, overcoming many obstacles, and has not only enriched himself but created many jobs and much prosperity. Hillary Clinton is also rich, but except for a few years in a law firm after law school, her entire career has been as a public servant. One might ask, how does a public servant amass a $30 million fortune? If that is possible, then what has public service really come to mean?

Clinton sounds so smooth, so experienced, so reassuring, when she speaks. Trump sounds unsophisticated. But I must ask: What is reassuring about what people like Clinton have brought us, a massive, dysfunctional government, a giant debt for our kids to pay, a confusing and dangerous foreign policy? This is cause for confidence?

Hardly. You won’t hear this in the media, but this time around it’s time to turn away from the dishonest crony-politician who enriches herself at the public trough and treats laws and rules as though they are for other people. I’m not 100 percent sure what I’ll get with Trump. Unfortunately I am sure what I’ll get with Clinton, and I know the country can’t take another term of that.

Alan Wolfson

Lakewood Ranch

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