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Trump administration corruption will stay unless voters take action

President Trump doesn't like "flipping," in criminal prosesctuions, and thinks maybe it should be outlawed.

I agree with your recent editorial that, no matter his level of criminality or treason, President Donald Trump will not be impeached by the current Congress nor will his core supporters abandon him (“There’s only one way to hold Trump accountable — at the ballot box,” Aug. 22).

But what has President Trump accomplished to merit such blind loyalty? Your pro-Trump letter writers sometimes cite the economy, but most economists attribute current progress to trends inherited from President Barack Obama. For example, while economic growth was 4.1 percent in the second quarter of 2018, that level of growth was achieved four times under President Obama. The same is true for job growth, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If any middle-American is seeing a benefit from last year's tax cut bill, it will be temporary; permanent cuts accrue only to wealthy individuals and corporations. Meanwhile, the inflation rate is now higher than average income growth.

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How many indicted associates, corrupt agency heads, extramarital fling payoffs, racist remarks and lies will it take for the “Lock her up” crowd to come to their senses? Do they really approve of tariffs that threaten the livelihood of farmers and factory workers across the country? Do they think that the proposed rollback of coal pollution regulations which the administration itself says could cost up to 1,400 lives over the next decade will be good for their children and grandchildren?

November 6 can't come soon enough.

Herb Cromwell, Catonsville

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