Letter to the Editor

This is the current letter to the Editor which was distributed to the local area media by the Shawano County Democrats.

Have Some Faith in Our Leaders

Throughout history presidents have always been blamed for problems with the United States economy. Now is no exception.

Since the beginning of the pandemic we stayed home more and didn’t use as much gasoline. Now people are driving more so demand for gasoline has increased. Add to that the shortages because of the war in Ukraine and you get higher prices. To blame President Biden is not fair.

Exon Mobil, Chevron, Shell and BP have added to the problem. In the last quarter they limited supply and racked in $25 billion in profits, which is the highest income level in 7 years. Maybe they should help to stabilize prices.

Also happening with the COVID-19 outbreak was the interruption of goods production. Many workers got sick and missed work. This happened just as we were buying more products for home thus putting a strain on the worldwide supply chain.

Certain corporations have made the situation worse. Starbucks’s profits soared 352%. In 2021 Netflix doubled profits and UPS had a record-breaking year. Amazon made $35 billion and McDonald’s had $23 billion in revenues. Corporate profit margins are now at a 70-year high. They have profited at our expense.

All this corporate greed has led to increased prices. Consumers have found themselves having less purchasing power even though wages are on the rise. This dilemma is called “inflation”, a word Republicans have been using as they blame President Biden for consumer price hikes.

What is being ignored are the indicators that show the economy actually slowly rebounding from the effects of the pandemic. The national economy is seen as growing at 4%, a rate not seen since the Reagan administration. 6.6 million new jobs have been created in 2021. As hiring increases, President Biden is on track to have unemployment rates like the 1950’s.

Even Wisconsin is making progress. The unemployment rate is 2.8%, the lowest in Wisconsin’s history. Governor’s Evers’ investments in small businesses has paid off.

Our state has accumulated a projected budget surplus of historic proportions. His plan is to return a portion of the money to working families to help them fight rising costs.

We need to stop pointing fingers and have patience as cope with the higher prices. The price of gas, groceries and goods will come down when supplies stabilize. Have some faith in our leaders.

Fair Maps Rally

Thank you for being a Fair Maps supporter and attending the Lobby Day activity. Here is another chance for you to support Fair Maps for Wisconsin. A rally is planned for Friday, January 21st at 2:30at the Brown County Court House. Masks are strongly recommended as are hand held signs supporting Fair Maps!

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We haven’t had such division in our country since Wisconsin’s United States Senator Joseph McCarthy made false accusations of treason among left-wing individuals in the 1950’s.  His campaign spread fear of alleged communist and socialist influence on American institutions and espionage by Soviet Agents.  He lost credibility after several of his accusations were found to be false.

Unfortunately, history is repeating itself.  Now we have the “Big Lie” which alleges Donald Trump won the 2020 election due to voter fraud.  At this time there has been no evidence that points to illegal votes as the reason Trump lost.  The movement has, however, caused our county to be more and more divided as time goes on.

McCarthy was not the only Wisconsinite to divide our state.  Former Governor Walker used his “divide and conquer” strategy when it came to the state’s budgeting process.   He pitted public employee unions against those who wished to take down organized labor.  In reality it was less about budget-cutting and more about his personal campaign to weaken worker’s power.

FOX News has only fueled the divide in our country.  If you tune in (which I do only occasionally), you will hear daily rhetoric about how bad President Biden’s policies are and how the Democrats are destroying our country.

 If you go off FOX News (which I would recommend) and listen to other cable stations such as CNBC you will get less opinions and more “hard news”.  By tuning into “The News with Shepard Smith” at 6:00 pm you will get a non-political leaning on the true news.  By the way, Shep used to be a host on FOX but left because he didn’t like how they were using a false premise (disinformation about election fraud) to lead people astray.  He could see how this behavior was spreading seeds of division and thus doing harm to us as a nation. He couldn’t take it anymore.  He sleeps well at night knowing that his broadcasting of the news gives people the truth.

Keep in mind that division has been used as a path to power worldwide for centuries.  This holiday season should be the start of our effort to put aside politics and love our neighbor as ourselves as the Second Commandment suggests.  We can each be the catalyst which makes the world a better place for all.