Those wanting no more bull need a new candidate

To the editor:

I see that it’s election time, and some folks who love our president are showing their support by flying “Trump 2020: No More BS” flags. However, the “BS” is spelled out in all its profane glory. I will set aside the questionable moral taste of displaying such a flag for another day. In this letter I’d like to discuss the “BS” issue.

1. One of the prime hallmarks of Mr. Trump’s campaign was this: “I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great great wall on our southern border and I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall.” Two and a half years into his presidency, 46.7 miles have been built, much of it in places where it is replacing “dilapidated designs.” Mr. Trump has taken money from the military for his wall. No money has come from Mexico; a lot of money has come from American taxpayers. BS, or not?

2. From the president’s Twitter account: “We are winning, big time, against China. Companies & jobs are fleeing. Prices to us have not gone up, and in some cases, have come down.” Yet Bob Kuylen, vice president of the North Dakota Farmers Union, says “We lost pretty much all of our markets since Trump took over.” (Newsweek) One of my young neighbors told me the other day his banker said if wheat doesn’t hit $4.50, there’s going to be a bloodbath this fall,” Kuylen said. “It’s not looking good for farmers at all.” In 2018, prices for soybeans, corn, wheat and other commodities plummeted. The Star Tribune (Minneapolis/St.Paul) reports that 84 Midwestern farmers filed for bankruptcy over a 12-month period ending in June 2018, more than double previous years — with more yet to come. The administration has paid out $16 billion to farmers to make up for money lost to the tariffs. Despite what Mr. Trump says, revenue collected from the tariffs will not make up for this payoff. BS, or not?

3. After the rampage at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, the president said that he would consider “meaningful background checks.” He changed his mind shortly after, following another mass shooting in Odessa and Midland, Texas, and said that he is still against expanding background checks. Instead, he said he’d like to consider “different things.” “We’re looking at a lot of different things. We’re looking at a lot of different bills, ideas, concepts,” he said. “We’re in the process of dealing with Democrats, Republicans. They’ve been working very hard on it, they’re coming back very soon,” the president said. “There’s a big package of things that’s going to be put before [Congress], by a lot of different people. We have a lot of groups working on it.” Senate Majority Mitch McConnell has two background check bills on his desk, H.R. 8, and H.R.1112, that he refuses to bring before the Senate. Now he says “gun control legislation is up to President Trump.” BS, or not?

4. On Monday, July 8, Mr. Trump in a speech, boasted about his administration’s environmental record, saying America can lead the world in fighting pollution, in a speech green groups derided as “utter fantasy”(Reuters). Trump said America was a leader in providing clean drinking water, had slashed air pollution and was cutting carbon emissions, all while bolstering industry and reducing regulation. Meanwhile, The New York Times has published a list of 84 environmental actions that have been rolled back under the Trump administration. Here is the link: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/climate/trump-environment-rollbacks.html EPA data show huge improvements in air quality in recent decades since the imposition of landmark environmental regulations like the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. But they also show some increases (since Trump took office) in fine particulate matter emissions like soot and smoke from the combustion of coal and oil. So, Mr. Trump, BS, or not?

In the interest of space, I will end with this: Trump supporters, if you truly want “no more BS,” I encourage you to look for a new candidate in 2020.

Joan Loewen