Dems failed to focus on jobs, economy
In response to “Democrats ignore base at their own risk” (Dec. 9 Opinion):
The Democratic Party’s real problem goes well beyond its inability to connect to the “dwindling white population.”
The party now is sadly run by socialist and socialist wanna-bes, such as Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Keith Ellison.
If the Dems were more concerned with growing our economy and growing private sector jobs than appeasing man-made climate change cult priests, they would be better off.
Keith Brittain, Pineville
Workers, enjoy the ride with Trump
A hearty congratulations to all those struggling working-class voters who pinned their hopes for a better life by electing President-elect Donald Trump.
Yes, the self-proclaimed billionaire who pays no income taxes has rewarded you by nominating restaurant franchise CEO Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor.
So, now the person in charge of making workers great again is against raising the minimum wage and opposes efforts to increase your ability to get overtime pay.
Well done! Enjoy the ride.
Reed Shaddock, Charlotte
Easier to share fake news than verify
In response to “Clinton decries rise of fake news in Capitol speech” (Dec. 9):
I agree with Hillary Clinton regarding the fake news epidemic.
I saw much more fake news on Facebook that was detrimental to Clinton than Trump.
However, I saw substantially more “near fake news” on the mainstream TV that was in her favor – touting polls that were over-sampled with Democrats and near cheerleading from her campaign stops vs. negative slants from Trump campaign events.
Eighteen months ago, I thought the meme was going to be the powerful new force impacting voters. Fake news proved to be much more potent.
It’s easier to click “share” than to do the research to verify, especially on a mobile device.
Brad Frazier, Iron Station
Congress is beholden to insurance industry
In response to “Obamacare is dying, but it is also winning” (Dec. 9 Observer Editorial):
Republican legislators in Congress and at the state level, generally speaking, are in the pockets of the insurance industry.
This is the primary reason they want to repeal Obamacare – the health insurance industry wants to return to higher profit margins.
Obamacare is after all, not a health care plan, but simply a set of insurance regulations. In order to maximize profits the industry prefers not to be regulated.
Bob Bollinger, Charlotte
Don’t be misled by labor rate data
In response to “Struggling economy got Trump elected” (Dec. 8 Forum):
Reading this Forum letter, I realized how data can be taken out of context to support an alternative narrative.
Since the unemployment numbers are now favorable, some highlight the labor participation rate which has been declining for some time now.
It will continue to decline under a Trump presidency. Why? Because it includes retirees in the denominator and we are an aging society.
What the rate reveals is we have fewer workers supporting obligations to retirees – a key reason there is financial pressure on Social Security and state pension plans.
Keith Wilson, Charlotte
Capitalism is at the core of America
In response to “Trump a decisive leader in Carrier deal” (Dec. 6 Forum):
Not so fast, Forum writer John Perugini.
According to a Nov. 30 Observer article, Carrier’s owner, United Technologies, is shipping manufacturing jobs from Huntington, Ind., to Mexico “costing the city 700 jobs by 2018.”
The article also mentions another 550 jobs in Indiana being eliminated by Rexnord and CTS.
Underneath the blaring headlines lurks a solemn reality. Businesses are charged with making a profit in an ever-changing landscape. That is their charter and that is why they exist.
It’s called capitalism and it is America.
John Brewer, Charlotte