To The Daily Sun,
I have just finished reading Mr. Boutin's latest submission to The Sun. In it he states that Democrats' No 1 priority are minorities and that (to paraphrase) this has caused millions of middle-class individuals to sink into poverty.
It is true that Democrats focus on social issues. We are deeply committed to helping the poor, the homeless, the unemployed and the underemployed. We sponsor school breakfast programs, mental illness education and clinics, drug education and clinics. We support universal health care, marriage equality and women's issues. We support veterans. We support raising the minimum wage. We consider these "minority" issues — unlike Mr. Boutin, who defines "minority" as "ethnic".
What Mr. Boutin fails to mention is that, during the Obama administration the Dow has risen over 10,000 points, a failing auto industry was rescued (at a profit), unemployment is down and — oh yeah — our benevolent 1 percenters have experience astronomical corporate profits.
Now, these folks really love their money and have managed to hold on to most of it. These record profits have not trickled down to the middle and lower classes. They haven't created the full-time, benefit-paying positions that have buoyed both individuals and the economy.
Because I was fortunate to have wonderful parents who valued higher education, I was able to earn my degree. I also worked throughout my college years. As a retail manager, I have been able to take advantage of full-time employment with health care, sick time and investment opportunities. This is now almost unavailable to my co-workers. Most have to juggle several jobs and family responsibilities. To offer social services to these hard-working individuals is hardly a handout.
On one of our sub-zero days this week, I saw a young family of four coming out of a supermarket. None of these individuals — two adults and two small children were wearing coats — only thin hoodies. This is never acceptable.
I encourage other individuals to start contributing letters to this forum. I can recognize a bald-faced liar when I see one. I bet a lot of other folks can too. The arena can be a bit tough, but nobody respects a bully.
June M. Huot
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