Mulvaney defends indefensible budget
In response to “Trump budget chief defends plan for big cuts” (May 25):
In defending President Trump’s cuts to programs that help the poor, sick, and hungry, budget director Mick Mulvaney asked “Can we justify this (the cost of these programs) to the folks who are actually paying for it?”
Perhaps he should be asking: Can we justify the cost of the huge tax breaks for the rich, the massive subsidies for the oil companies, tax loopholes for corporate America, huge increases in military spending, and of course, the upcoming tax cuts for the top 2 percent?
Joseph Pepe, Charlotte
Trump budget makes necessary cutbacks
In response to “The harsh budget Americans voted for” (May 24 Our View):
The Observer editorial board echoes the typical Democrat talking points, sounding just like U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
There isn’t a cut in the budget, only cutbacks in growing department budgets. The Democrats refuse to look at the obscene growth that is no longer sustainable.
President Trump’s budget is why we voted for him. And no, he is not throwing granny off the cliff!
Patricia Broderick, Mooresville
Trump’s wall is a fantasy; that’s a fact
Not. One. American penny. For a border wall.
Trump campaigned loudly, repeatedly, unambiguously on the promise that the wall would be built and that the Mexican government would pay for it.
Now he’s asking for $1.6 billion as a “down payment.”
Sadly, Trump doesn’t appear to be able to differentiate between fact and fantasy. Equally sad, though, is that so many of those who elected him are OK with this.
He needs to be gone from the Oval Office to end this shameful chapter in American history.
Bill Yoder, Charlotte
Ultra-liberal media will destroy nation
In response to “Is Donald Trump dangerous enough yet?” (May 17 Our View):
The question should be “Is the media dangerous enough yet?”
I may be the only person among your readers who thinks the answer is a resounding “yes.”
When the liberal media reached the point where it felt compelled to convert all those who disagree with its warped way of thinking, I began seeing fields of red flags.
The liberal media’s willingness to destroy the America so many of us were willing to sacrifice to preserve, is totally repulsive to me.
We cannot survive a media that is 100 percent ultra-liberal.
William F. Thomason, Charlotte
Don’t blame media for Trump’s behavior
Trump supporters blame the press, the Democrats, anyone they can find, for being unfair in their criticism of President Trump.
But Donald Trump is a big boy. He knows just what he is doing at all times.
Blame is just another way of making excuses for bad decisions. We all make choices on what we say and do. That includes the president.
If Mr. Trump does not want to be criticized or taken to task for his behavior, then it is up to him to find a realistic presidential way to act.
Mary Ann Evanoff, Midland
Ivanka would make a better president
Let’s trade Trumps, shall we?
Let The Donald go back to what he does best, making money, and in his place put his daughter Ivanka, who appears far more emotionally stable than her father.
All jokes aside, which of the two has the better judgment and temperament?
Which would you trust more with your money and your life, or the life of your child?
Arguing that she is too inexperienced and lacking in knowledge of how government works to do the job properly isn’t saying much in this case.
As the elder Trump said to the African-American community during the campaign: “What do you have to lose?”
Joe Elliott, Arden