2020 Presidential Issues No. 2: Trump the Failure

By Dale E. Landrith Sr. | Oct 25, 2019

Currently in the news is the effort in the U. S. House of Representatives to impeach the president. They tried Russian collusion and that did not work so well. When was the last time that you saw Russian collusion in the news? That has given way to a Ukrainian phone call. With the full transcript of that call having been released, it is likely like this impeachment effort will have the same result.

Those leading the impeachment effort hold their hearings in secret. Why? Is it so that they can gather information damaging to the president? It is more likely that they do not want their complete lack of impeachment supporting facts made known to the public.

The true mystery is that they do not try to impeach President Trump by using the “racist,” “misogynist,” “against the middle class,” and “against the poor” information that they have labeled him with since his election.

Is President Trump a racist? If that is true then he must be as incompetent as some would make him out to be. Data included in the U. S. Census Bureau statistics (census.gov/library/publications/2019/demo/p60-266.html) shows that the Trump economy has had the greatest impact on minorities.

Historically, African American unemployment has been twice that of white unemployment. In these statistics we observe that currently that number is 1.6 times or almost 25% better with all minority unemployment at record lows. In addition, The Washington Post recently reported (washingtonpost.com/business/economy/for-the-first-time-ever-most-new-working-age-hires-in-the-us-are-people-of-color/2019/09/09/8edc48a2-bd10-11e9-b873-63ace636af08_story.html) that 4.5 million out of 5.2 million, or 86%, of the new jobs created since Trump’s election have gone to minorities. Obviously, President Trump is incompetent at being a racist.

It is also well reported that President Trump discriminates against or despises women. Mary Margaret Olohan states in the Daily Signal that, “Among full-time, year-round workers, the number of women increased by 1.6 million and the number of men increased by about 700,000 between 2017 and 2018.”

The median real income for households led by women with no spouse rose 5.8% from 2017 to 2018. There was no change for married couples. In addition, the poverty rate for women-led households diminished from 26.2% to 24.9%. Melania must be having more influence than is being recognized.

President Trump is a billionaire. Democrats would have us believe that as a result he cannot relate nor does he understand the plight of the poor. However, the census data shows that those people living in poverty declined by 1.4 million people just in 2018 alone in conjunction with the poverty rate being reduced from 12.3% to 11.8%. This is the lowest it has been since the 2007 financial crisis and was led by minority women-headed households, who are by far the most vulnerable.

In addition, the Department of Agriculture reports that there has been a 6.3-million reduction in Americans on food stamps. The media would have us believe that is a result of cruel Trump policies and that is simply not true. This reduction in food stamps is the result of heads of households in poor families getting jobs.

Does Trump hate the poor? If so, it would not seem logical that his policies have benefited the poor more than any other group.

How did America become the most prosperous nation on the face of the earth? The names of the poor, the middle class, and the rich keep changing.  Upward financial mobility has been the characteristic of the U. S. economy.

Some of those who want to be the Democratic candidate in 2020 for president (Warren, Sanders, etc.) would have us believe that the poor are getting poorer and the middle class is shrinking. This is not the truth. The preceding data would substantiate that upward mobility is occurring with the poor, but what about the “shrinking” middle class?

Economist Mark J. Perry indicates that the middle class has in fact been shrinking, but not for the reason some candidates would have us believe. Since 2007, the middle class ― defined as those earning $35,000 to $100,000 in inflation-adjusted dollars ― has fallen from 43% of the population to 41.7% in 2018. Aha! There is the shrinking middle class.

But why? Where did they go? Did they descend in the ranks of the poor? No! They have arrived in the upper income level. The upper income level increased from 27.7% of the population to 30.4%. The answer is upward financial mobility.

It has long been said that the best antidote for poverty is a job. Trump’s economy has produced record job growth. How does one participate in upward mobility? As unemployment decreases to record lows, the competition for workers forces employers to offer better wages. This is trickle-up economics. As those in the middle class move up to upper income jobs, those in lower reaches of the economy move up to fill the vacancies.

The question then becomes, why should voters reject Warren, Sanders, Biden, etc.,and favor re-electing President Trump? The answer is to look at your paycheck and remember where you were four years ago.

Another View is a Maine Press Association award-winning column written by Midcoast conservative citizens/writers Jan Dolcater, Ken Frederic, Paul Ackerman, Ralph “Doc” Wallace and Dale Landrith Sr.


Comments (25)
Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Oct 30, 2019 07:00

But liars, do.  How about some of those missing "facts."



"Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the first person to testify as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry who personally listened in on Trump’s July 25 call with the Ukrainian president, told House lawmakers that the White House reconstruction of the discussion had key omissions, The New York Times reported.


Vindman, a decorated Army officer and the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, appeared in front of lawmakers for more than 10 hours on Tuesday, the latest official to defy White House orders to share their direct knowledge of the call that set off the impeachment inquiry. According to his prepared remarks, which were obtained by HuffPost, he said he twice reported his concerns about the call and about President Donald Trump’s demands for a quid pro quo involving military aid and political dirt to one of his superiors, worrying that the exchange could affect national security. Trump reportedly sought a probe of political rival Joe Biden and his son, along with investigations based on conspiracy theories about 2016 campaign manipulation.


But Vindman, who testified before members of three House committees leading the impeachment inquiry, also shed new light on the White House reconstruction of the call, which was released last month. Vindman reportedly told the lawmakers that the document omitted crucial words and phrases that he attempted to see put back in the readout: Some of the changes were ultimately made, but others were not. He did not speculate on the reasoning behind the omissions."



I guess Sen. King's reconstruction of the call from trump's "transcript" and finding about twenty minutes missing, were accurate.  But then we know that anything that comes from trump is obviously a lie.

Posted by: Melissa Byer | Oct 29, 2019 20:18

Great Job Dale E. Landrith Sr. Facts do not Lie!

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Oct 29, 2019 18:55

One has to wonder, Jan/June, just how much is the right wing agenda worth that you and your fellow travelers would accept such a creature as trump to be the political face of your faction.  If your side has to resort to a man who is beyond description in his intellectual degeneracy, ethical dishonesty, and moral depravity what does that say about your "principles" and political beliefs.  Do you hear the garbage that comes out of his mouth, watch his childish simpering and pompous self-adoration, and recognize his disdain for law, conscience, democratic ideals, and moral behavior only to think, "Well, it's worth it?"  How easy is it for you to jettison all those pious beliefs in favor of self-righteous posturing when trump mouths another outrage against all decency?  Do you sleep at night knowing that trump disdains the constitution, ignores the law, spews insults against decorated veterans and people such as Clapper and Brennan who have spent their lives defending this country against the very enemies that trump favors against his own country.  Do you finally "have no sense of decency, Sir?"  How can you say you love this country when you watch trump defecate all over it's sacred institutions and think to yourself, "At least he's stacking the courts with right wing judges instead of those law scholars?" I have no doubt that democracy means so little to you that you would disenfranchise half this country (as Republicans are actively attempting to do) just to rule it in your own way.



Why do I ask, you probably wonder, since I know the answer and true "conservatives" know it as well.



"Conservatives have sold their souls for the sheer pleasure of partisan hatred, and it’s not going to be easy to break this spell.”-The Bulwark’s Robert Tracinski, conservative columnist



"In fact, young people have made up their mind about the Republican Party, that it’s kind of the dumb party.” -George Will



"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the corporate states of America, and to the plutocracy for which it stands, one nation, under debt, easily divisible, with congressmen and justice for sale."  -Republican pledge of allegiance.


“I am ashamed for the first time in my career,” said the distraught soldier"



"Must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees."  -Donald Trump

Posted by: Kevin Riley | Oct 29, 2019 16:21


I wish I could be there to laugh in your face when your conspiracy theories all fall apart and nothing you believe will happen, happens.
You people have always failed and always will because you people live in a bubble with no other info than you get from you circular echo chamber.

Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | Oct 29, 2019 15:54

To the deep believers

Just wait a while and you can dine on crow

Jan Dolcater  Rockland

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Oct 29, 2019 13:55

"One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived."  Niccolo Machiavelli


“Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man’s character,
give him power.” -Abraham Lincoln

Let us remember that President Trump has spend more taxpayer money at his own resorts than President Obama took in salary in 8 years." -Matthew Dowd

Posted by: Alana Allen | Oct 29, 2019 13:14

Just why I love keeping my opinion to myself. Life is so peaceful and nothing changes. Vote the way you want and be at ease.  Calm.....everyone doesn't have to know how and what you think, once someones mind is made up, no one is changing it.


Posted by: Kevin Riley | Oct 29, 2019 10:06


You forgot "BUT HER EMAILS".
Oh, Wait, more than half of the cabinet and advisors to this president have been doing the same thing in direct violation of the records act. That is using private, commercial email for official government business. At least her email server wasn't on a commercial site.
Yet, silence from the right is deafening.

Again Dolcater, you DO remember way Clinton was impeached.


Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Oct 29, 2019 09:30

Really, Jan/June.  You have fallen for trump's gangster drama, haven't you.  I suspect this "criminal" investigation will end up reflecting more negatively on trump and his minions than on those career government people who attempted to block his corruption and obvious collusion with Putin. (What do you want to be they hold their "hearings" in secret.)


In the end I have only one word for you; "Benghazi!"

Posted by: Kevin Riley | Oct 29, 2019 09:12

Attempting to preach from on high again.  Epic fail.
"If you happen to watch any interviews of Clapper or Brennan their uneasiness is very apparent"
And from your interpretation of their behavior during interviews you somehow come to the conclusion that they at the heart of a coup.
You're delusional. You're seeing what you want to see and only hearing what you want to hear. Using extremely limited information sources are evident here. You suffer from digital two dimensional thinking.
Coup? What coup? Oh, you mean the impeachment inquiry. You use the word coup where no such thing is happening. The house exorcising their constitutionally mandated oversight duties.
The constitution is a great document you should read it some time.
Those two men have done more in the service of our country than you could possibly do in three lifetime.
Do you have any idea how stupid you sound when you spout conspiracy theories about Brennon and Clapper
Maybe you should research their careers but I know you won't. After all, way would you want to learn anything new

To believe that there's is a coup going on only shows you have no idea what the word "coup" means or how one would be carried out.
That is almost the definition of a conspiracy theory.
You are not paying attention to what is really happening you're only listening to the ignorant and uneducated that do not know how things work and have to make excuses for this president getting caught breaking the law and violating the constitution. 
This president is a disaster for the nation and the world. He has destroyed our leadership position in the world and is about to crash the economy with his sickening trade war.
I can't count the times he's violated OPSEC and reveled sources and methods on camera.
The impeachment inquiry is exactly what the house should be doing considering this presidents behavior. Since you don't know what an impeachment inquiry is it's the same as a grand jury investigation which, I hope you DO know, is done in secret.
You do remember way Clinton was impeached.....Right?
When what believe is about to happen doesn't it will not only be humorous but will destroy what little is left of your credibility.
You conspiracy nuts have always been wrong and you are wrong now.

Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | Oct 29, 2019 08:17


You do not have a conspiracy theory when the prosecutor, Durham,  has changed his inquiry into a criminal investigation. Unlike Horowitz, Durham has subpoena powers and grand juries will be assembled before very long. If you happen to watch any interviews of Clapper or Brennan their uneasiness is very apparent and it very well should be as both were at the heart of the coup. Comey speaks of wanting to go to New Zealand, I bet he does want to, however, his just desert is coming soon along with McCabe, Strout, and others..

Jan Dolcater,  Rockland

Posted by: Harold Bryson Mosher | Oct 29, 2019 07:26

What do you know.  A dodger made it to the World Series.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Oct 28, 2019 15:55

"Republican senators are lost and adrift as the impeachment inquiry enters its second month, navigating the grave threat to President Trump largely in the dark, frustrated by the absence of a credible case to defend his conduct and anxious about the historic reckoning that likely awaits them."


Paul Krugman

"Key point in this reporting: there's not a hint that Republicans are bothered by the fact that Trump has utterly betrayed his oath of office. They're only worried about the political fallout"

Posted by: Kevin Riley | Oct 28, 2019 12:55

"Riley, you need to take a deep, deep breath as the Horowitz report is only the beginning for the house of cards to begin to unravel for those in the CIA, FBI and especially Mr. Clapper and Mr. Brennan"

I see you have fallen into the deep dark conspiracy theory world.

The OIG report only investigated the FBI and only in three cases. How that is supposed to bring down a portion the Intelligence Community is beyond me. You do know that the intelligence community consists of 17 agencies, right?
I'll be here to laugh at you when this magic report is published by IG and none of what you believe happens.


Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | Oct 28, 2019 11:20

To All  and particularly Pvt Cut and Paste

You need to accept the facts that this article has been accurately researched. I understand your lack of the ability to accept reality but it is plain to see.

Like many others I am not pleased with many of Trump's comments but am in 100% agreement with the economy, protecting and having an efficient immigration policy, being  oil independent.  strengthening our military and the appointment of judges to the Supreme Court that will support the law and not feelings or vague interpretations.     Riley, you need to take a deep, deep breath as the Horowitz report is only the beginning for the house of cards to begin to unravel for those in the CIA, FBI and especially Mr. Clapper and Mr. Brennan

Jan Dolcater  Rockland

Posted by: Anita L Knowlton | Oct 28, 2019 08:03

I am ashamed to be a Republican! Trump is an embarrassment to our Country. Every time he opens his mouth I cringe . I really don’t see how any Intelligent American can still support this man . He has proved himself to be morally corrupt over and over again . I just hope this country can survive his final days in office!

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Oct 28, 2019 07:15

"President Trump was booed during Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night when he made a rare public appearance in a luxury ballpark suite in ­Democrat-dominated Washington.


When the president was announced on the public address system after the third inning as part of a tribute to veterans, the crowd roared into sustained booing — hitting almost 100 decibels. Chants of “Lock him up” and “Impeach Trump” then broke out at Nationals Park, where a sellout crowd was watching the game between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros.


Trump, who has virtually never been seen in Washington outside the White House, his own hotel and a handful of other highly controlled settings, came with the first lady, a coterie of Republican members of Congress and top aides, who could be seen smiling, chatting and posing for selfies throughout the game. He entered without fanfare about eight minutes before first pitch, only spotted by a few in the crowd."


And what kind of man goes to a ball game and doesn't take his son?

Posted by: Kevin Riley | Oct 27, 2019 11:01

I seem to remember the right touting the soon to e released IG report way back in 2018 that would reveal all, exonerate many and cause democrats to be discredited.

That IG report was published and.....crickets.

The same will be with any "reports" you people think are going to save Trump and destroy the Dems.

Basically, you're delusional.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Oct 27, 2019 10:22

And exactly what "facts" would those be, Jan/June?  I know that for you facts are any bit of gasbaggery that emits from trump's bloated orifice.   I'm sure that any "facts" to the contrary aren't included.  Of course there are still conservatives out there who haven't surrendered their souls to this devil.



"This seaminess is entirely in character for a president who was surrounded by felons (his previous personal attorney, his first national security adviser and his former campaign chairman); lied about his payments to an alleged mistress in apparent violation of campaign finance laws; engaged in pervasive obstruction of justice to stymie an investigation into his campaign links with Russia; continues to do business as a property manager and developer around the world; lies 22 times a day; and even falsified a weather map to show that he was right about a hurricane.


Equally malodorous are reports that the probe initiated by Attorney General William P. Barr into the origins of the investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia has been deemed criminal in nature. Reminder: Robert S. Mueller’s special counsel investigation resulted in 34 indictments and seven convictions along with the release of a report so fair that Trump partisans such as Barr have used it to claim (falsely) that it exonerated the president of collusion and obstruction of justice. Yet Trump continues to insist that Russia’s attack on the 2016 election was a “hoax” and that he is the victim of a Deep State plot."



"Commentator Charlie Sykes notes that in 1980 the question was: “Are you better off than you were 4 years ago?” In 2020 it will be: “Can you take another four years of this?”  -Max Boot


Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | Oct 27, 2019 09:42

To Pvt Cut & Paste and others,

Try and learn to understand facts when they are accurately presented. I understand it is difficult for you, but try.it will brighten your lack of understanding.

Please prepare yourselves for the soon to be released report from Horowitz and soon after that the facts from Mr. Durham.

Jan Dolcater, Rockland

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Oct 26, 2019 18:32

"There isn’t a word in the English language for what Donald Trump and the Republicans are doing. They are no longer merely lying. What these people are doing goes way beyond that. It’s a direct nuclear assault on the truth." -The Daily Beast



"The notion that you can withhold information and documents from Congress no matter whether you are the party in power or not in power is wrong. Respect for the rule of law must mean something, irrespective of the vicissitudes of political cycles." -Trey Gowdy


"I am completely and utterly perplexed by those who argue that perjury and obstruction of justice are not high crimes and misdemeanors."  -Sen. Mitch McConnell, (R) Kentucky, Feb.12, 1999



"This is really bad for the president come November of 2020 and I have been hearing from so many Republicans who love Donald Trump who are telling me for the first time they’re taking a step back and they’re actually thinking about whether they’re going to vote for this man. I’ve heard this from people I’m stunned to hear it from.” -Rick Santorum



"The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant."  -Maximilien Robespierre

"We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated." -Donald Trump, 2016

Posted by: Kevin Riley | Oct 26, 2019 07:29

Oh, and the Russia investigation never ended it is still going on. Although AG Barr is trying to discredit that investigation.
This could not end well for Trump and Barr.
Just to clarify for you the AG is NOT the president's lawyer but he is acting like he is. The AG is supposed to e working for America and the American people. Barr is not.


Posted by: Kevin Riley | Oct 25, 2019 20:23

"don't behind closed doors"

DONE behind closed doors as in SECRET!

Posted by: Kevin Riley | Oct 25, 2019 20:21

There is no impeachment going on right now. It is an impeachment inquiry. Think Grand Jury which, as you know, is a don't behind closed doors.

Also, in case you didn't know, they are following the house rules that were installed by the republican house and under John Boehnerin in 2015.

"Judge Andrew Napolitano explained that Republicans have to blame their own party for current House rules allowing closed-door interviews as part of the impeachment proceedings.

In an interview on Fox and Friends, Napolitano noted that the House rules being used by Chairman Adam Schiff have been in place since 2015 when Republicans were in the majority."

Lastly, if you upset that no vote by the house was taken to initiate the inquiry, NO.VOTE.IS.REQUIRED!

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Oct 25, 2019 18:38

Well, the conservative cabal finally crawls out of its hole in the ground to spin a fantasy defense of their "Dear Leader."

Russian collusion?  Haven't you heard, Dale, that Putin is dancing the dance of joy since trump handed him a major win in Syria.  When was the last time you remember Russian troops occupying an American base because the American troops were shamed out of it by an president with no shame at all.

"Russian journalists have been sharing videos of a hastily abandoned American military base
in northeastern Syria, after Russian troops accompanying Syrian government soldiers swept into the power vacuum on Tuesday." No wonder they're celebrating in Moscow:

Putin won the lottery! Russia’s unexpected triumph in the Middle East,” raved Mikhail Rostovsky in his article for the Russian newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets. “Those who were convinced of Trump’s uselessness for Russia ought to think again...What Washington got out of this strange move is completely unclear. To the contrary, what Moscow gained from this is self-evident...Trump’s mistake in Syria is the unexpected ‘lottery win’ that further strengthened Moscow’s position in the Middle East and undermined America’s prestige as a rational political player and a reliable partner.”

Maksim Yusin, the editor of international politics at the leading Russian business daily Kommersant, was amazed by the ongoing stream of inexplicable actions by the American president that benefit the Kremlin. “In this situation, Americans—to their chagrin and our enjoyment—are the only losers in this situation.”

So what, you say?  That doesn't prove "collusion?  Perhaps not but it certainly begs the question of just who trump is working for.  Betraying our allies and allowing thousands of them to be killed -including women and children- is despicable enough, but betraying the honor and reputation of our own troops is lower than despicable.  And it's unquestionably impeachable.

And let's not forget the boost to ISIS:

"...  analysts say that Mr. Trump’s pullout has handed the Islamic State its biggest win in more than four years and greatly improved its prospects. With American forces rushing for the exits, in fact, American officials said last week that they were already losing their ability to collect critical intelligence about the group’s operations on the ground.

There is no question that ISIS is one of the big winners in what is happening in Syria,” said Lina Khatib, director of the Middle East and North Africa Program at Chatham House, a research center in London.

Cutting support for the Syrian Democratic Forces has crippled the ability of the United States and its former partners to hunt down the group’s remnants.

News of the American withdrawal set off jubilation among Islamic State supporters on social media and encrypted chat networks. It has lifted the morale of fighters in affiliates as far away as Libya and Nigeria."

And worst of all the effect on the morale of our troops:

They trusted us and we broke that trust,” one Army officer who has worked alongside the Kurds in northern Syria said last week in a telephone interview. “It’s a stain on the American conscience.”

I’m ashamed,” said another officer who had also served in northern Syria. Both officers spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid reprisals from their chains of command.

And the response from the Kurds themselves was just as stark. “The worst thing in military logic and comrades in the trench is betrayal,” said Shervan Darwish, an official allied with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces."

Oh, and since you've whined about the Dems holding "their hearings in secret. Why?"  Haven't you been watching Fox News?  Your favorite deplorables needed it explained to them as well.  Fox’s legal expert Judge Andrew Napolitano explains in a manor even you can understand:

“I read the House rules... They are consistent with the rules.

“And when were the rules written last? In January 2015,” said Napolitano “And who signed them? [Former GOP Speaker] John Boehner [R-OH].

“And who enacted them? A Republican majority,” he concluded.

That’s right, it was House Republicans who engaged in a multi-year quest to abuse the powers of Congress to engage in baseless investigations with ever-increasing consequences.

Napolitano concluded that the House’s impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s quid pro quos for election help with taxpayer money appropriated for Ukraine “is like presenting a case to a grand jury, and that’s never done in public."

And as for being a racist, a misogynist, contemptuous of the poor, those are moral sins and not punishable by law, though according to Christian theology there is a greater punishment coming, something American evangelicals and all other pseudo-christians should keep in mind.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.  In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness."
-Matthew 23:27-29

But don't think his crimes against this country will go unnoticed.

"Trump has embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation."  -Admiral William Mcraven, architatect of the Osama Bin Laden raid.

"Trump lacks the emotional and intellectual complexity to steer a superpower and, if left unchecked, he will gradually degrade our once-great country until it's as twisted, hateful, and small as he is."
-Barry McCaffrey, retired four-star general, US Army.

How true has that prediction become?  Extremely, in any rational estimation. (But trump knows more about war than all the generals, right?)

As for your rosy economic picture for women and minorities it all depends on who's figures you use.  Your "Economist Mark J. Perry," being part of the American Enterprise "Institute" obviously uses only those figures which back up that rosy scenario.  Other, less agenda driven, economists may see things differently.  Such as:

"The latest Census Bureau income stats, released in mid-September, show that most Americans are running on a treadmill, getting nowhere fast. The nation’s median households pocketed 2.3 percent fewer real dollars in 2018 than they earned in 2000.

America’s most affluent households have no such problem. Real incomes for the nation’s top 5 percent of earners have increased 13 percent since 2000, to an average $416,520...  IRS tax return data shows that top 1 percenters are now pulling down over 20 percent of all household income — essentially triple their share from a half-century ago.

At the other end of the economic spectrum, it’s a different story.

“The inequality of life expectancy,” as economist Gabriel Zucman puts it, “is exploding in the U.S... Over recent decades, a steady stream of studies have shown consistent links between rising inequality and shorter lifespans. "

And why is that, you might ask.  Your "The upper income level increased from 27.7% of the population to 30.4%."  Well  "The answer is" NOT "upward financial mobility."  It's because the economic elite have gotten even more wealthy while the majority of Americans are going after two or three of those low paying jobs you're so proud of.

"For the first time in U.S. history, the 400 wealthiest Americans paid less in taxes last year than people in any other income group, thanks to decades of tax cuts and loopholes benefiting the rich.

A year after the Republican tax plan—often called the #GOPTaxScam by critics—was passed into law, the richest people in the country were subject to a 23 percent rate in local, state, and federal taxes.

As New York Times columnist David Leonhardt showed Sunday in a graphic accompanying his op-ed, "The Rich Really Do Pay Lower Taxes Than You," the tax rate wealthy Americans are forced to pay has plummeted over the last seven decades while middle-income households have paid roughly the same share of their incomes each year.

Ask yourself, in your own words, was this the case "four years ago?"

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