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Government lets us down | Letters

I have held my own trial and find our federal legislators and the executive branch not only in contempt, but in a state of total detachment from reality and the needs of their constituents. Malfeasance and fiduciary irresponsibility are only a few of the charges for which I have found them guilty.

We send our future, our young people, to senseless Middle East wars and ignore them upon their return. The big-pocket lobbyists and congressional aides write our laws while our elected officials are campaigning or preening before cameras on televised investigations.

Our government leaders have quietly abrogated their responsibilities in exchange for a lucrative future. By their oath, they are required to protect us from enemies both foreign and domestic, to provide for infrastructure and to help guarantee the pursuit of happiness: ours, not theirs.

Gun control, mental health, immigration issues are always slow-rolled till after the next election.

Our system isn’t broken, it is being played by experts (our elected officials). Best way to get re-elected is to either create or subsidize a crisis that only they can resolve. Loopholes? Synonymous with lawyers. Lawyers are trained to win at any cost. Where are the doctors, farmers, storekeepers, engineers in our government? Those trained to solve problems, not to create them for their own gain? Where are the one-term-and-done citizen politicians?

Those who were elected and sworn to protect and represent us are actually leading us down an ever-spiraling rat hole.

Bill Kuttruff

Hilton Head Island

Is this really who we are?

Your story on the S.C. report that license suspensions target the poor who can’t afford to pay traffic tickets without hearings really shocked me.

Decades ago when a driver’s license hadn’t yet evolved into one’s major identity as a citizen to obtain a job, receive health care, etc., this DMV practice was not so tragic.

On further reading The Wall Street Journal “Mansion” section, I encountered the headline: “What Can You Get for $100 million”? Many of our wealthy families pay far more than that, while our poor are fortunate to even live in a trailer.

The WSJ also included an editorial: “Tax Cuts for the Wealthy Make Inequality Worse.” While overall tax rates for these families averaged 53% between 1930 and 1974, it has now fallen to 31%. For the 400 wealthiest, it has likewise fallen from 56% in 1960 to 23% today.

There is no doubt that the income of our poor and bottom 30% of people, who typically live in segregated areas with poor schools, is not sufficient to raise a healthy family.

Neither of our political parties are representing their needs, nor is our state and many of our churches. Our last Trump tax cuts clearly favored the wealthy over the poor as Congress ignored the Speaker’s effort to increase existing Earned Income Tax Credit benefits for ther families.

God’s expectation for us humans to love all is being ignored.

Walt Schymik

Hilton Head Island

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