To the Editor:
This letter is long overdue, and I apologize to the readership and to Susan Rosner of Marengo; hoping, “Better late than never,” applies here.
After the President’s State of the Union Address (Feb 4), there were several letters in this space praising the speech. I say, “Hear, hear, thumbs up, and kudos,” to Ms. Rosner for her letter (Feb 26) pointing out four of Trump’s more egregious lies told during the SOTU speech.
There are at least eight reputable fact-checking websites which are dedicated to the truth and do not conspire to create Fake News. Adding up the lies, misleading statements, and stretched and distorted facts, the count in the SOTU is 31. Trump could fact-check his staff’s written speech himself.
Yeah, right! (the only double positive that’s a negative).
Ms. Rosner accurately stated, “Listing all the lies in Trump’s speech would require far more space.”
Two more SOTU examples: “The U.S.M.C.A. [replaces NAFTA] will create nearly 100,000 new high-paying American auto jobs.” False.
The nonpartisan International Trade Commission has estimated that the USMCA agreement would create about 28,000 jobs in the auto sector. Trump’s own trade representative estimates 76,000 new auto jobs in five years.
‘High paying’ auto jobs means more expensive cars.
Trump, “We have now completed over 100 miles [of border wall] …” Misleading if you thought “completed” meant “new.”
Actual Dec. 2019 data: 93 miles completed – three miles new and 90 miles of old wall repaired.
Full disclosure: Every president embellishes the SOTU address. Of course, but other presidents are in the foothills compared to Trump’s Rocky Mountains or Himalayas if one counts 16,241 lies and misleading statements in 36 months (Jan. 2020) of his presidency.
Susan Rosner’s second great letter (Mar. 27) in support of Rep. Underwood’s common-sense gun laws.
Yes, Second Amendment supporters (includes me), there is such a thing as common-sense gun laws, which will save lives and will not mean that your rifle will become a muzzleloading musket and your sidearm will be a track & field starter pistol. The trouble with common sense?
Common sense isn’t.