Now, as we have a new president, I’m reflecting on the past eight years.
We can debate the policies of former President Barack Obama’s administration and discuss how consequential his presidency has been, but this is clear:
The man has class.
He has graciously withstood scurrilous attacks, including the “birther” issue, a congressman shouting “You lie” during a State of the Union address and a racist description of his wife, Michelle, by an official in West Virginia.
He served our country without a hint of personal scandal, and he’s a devoted husband and father.
During the final address of his presidency, many wondered why his daughter, Sasha, didn’t attend. He had her stay home to study for an exam.
International travel reminds us of the enormous impact our nation and culture have on the world — and in talking to people in other countries, we’ve been struck by the universal praise we’ve heard for Obama both as a man and as a representative of the United States.
There’s a reason why he ended his presidency with a 60 percent approval rating, and why Michelle is one of the most beloved first ladies in history.
He is a role model for us all.
And he elevated the presidency.
History will treat Obama well.
Paul Eggen, Jacksonville
SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE
Jan. 31 was the birthday of the issuance of the first Social Security check. Let’s keep it solvent by taxing all income.
Most citizens do not realize that income over $127,200 is not taxed for Social Security.
This outrageous situation is why the program is projected to have deficits and can be easily changed by Congress if the members want to do so.
And while we are at it, there is one modification that will make Medicare more financially secure. That change is to bring younger, less sick people into this insurance program.
Again, Congress can easily accomplish this by lowering the age of entry to 50.
Jack Bernard, Peachtree City, Ga.
WALL WITH MEXICO
WHAT DO YOU TAX?
President Donald Trump says Mexico will pay for the wall.
His press secretary indicates a 20 percent tariff on imports will raise $10 billion annually to pay for the wall. Which of the imports are you going to tax?
Come to think of it, Mexico will not be paying the tax, but American consumers will as Mexican businesses will simply raise their prices to cover the incremental cost.
Gotta love alternative facts, huh?
Jim Kresge, Jacksonville
WALL WITH MEXICO
that’s about all
For the first time ever, I agree with “Asterisk President” Trump about something.
We should build a wall, and it should be so great that people will refer to the “Great Wall of China” as “that other wall.”
The wall should have a great road.
When the millions of people who lost their health insurance come to see the wall they will say, “I have no coverage, but it is worth it for such a great wall.”
The wall should be built to last.
In the future, when the people who survive “Climate Change” see it they will say, “We lost our family and country, but we still have this wall.”
I can’t think of anything else we could do right now that is more important than “The Wall.”
Kudos to Trump for finding the pulse of America.
Scott Schleifer, Jacksonville
OBAMA’S BROKEN PROMISES
MEDIA WERE COMPLICIT
When President Barack Obama and his party were pushing to pass the Affordable Care Act, they and the press would continue to say that you “would” reduce your premiums $2,500 per year and you “would” be able to keep your doctor.
Now every article explaining the possible outcome of President Donald Trump’s repeal and replace is hedged with “might.”
The replacement program “might” cost more, it “might” cause people to lose health care.
But history has proved the media’s lack of credibility regarding the Affordable Care Act.
Why should we believe in the media’s credibility now?
Don MacLeod, Jacksonville
GET RID OF INCOME TAX
From President Donald Trump’s inauguration address: “What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. … The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.”
The best way to return power to the people is to repeal the 16th Amendment with the FairTax bill (HR 25/S 18).
The 16th Amendment took freedom, liberty and civil rights from the people and gave government huge new taxing power.
From that came the first legal income tax, the IRS, payroll taxes and tax withholding.
The FairTax offers solutions for more jobs, economic stimulus, ending the IRS, no annual tax filing, less tax evasion, taxing the underground economy and helping most of the impoverished and lower income. You control how much tax you pay and your effective tax rate.
Join the tax reform cause and get information at bigsolution.org.
Paul Livingston, Jacksonville