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Letters to the Editor for Oct. 19, 2021: Narrow view of the 2020 vote misses larger points
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Letters to the Editor for Oct. 19, 2021: Narrow view of the 2020 vote misses larger points

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Narrow view of the 2020

vote misses larger points

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

In a recent "Collected Thoughts" editorial roundup from around the nation, The Chicago Tribune’s summation of what the 2020 presidential election results show is disingenuous at best and dangerously misguided at worst.

The Tribune’s agreement with Democratic strategist and “canny Cajun” James Carville that the Democratic Party’s tenuous hold on power in the Senate means the party can’t be more liberal than West Virginia's Joe Manchin is maddening in its simplicity. And the notion that the election of Joe Biden as president, with a historic 81 million votes, displayed a desire for “incremental change and a preference for practical legislation passed with an eye on the cost” is misinformed.

In 2017, tax cuts by a Republican-led Congress largely benefited the top 1% of earners, and that legislation could cost $2.3 trillion over 10 years. Who was keeping an eye on the cost then?

Now, the $3.5 trillion "soft" infrastructure bill could lift 4.1 million children out of poverty (including nearly 70,000 in Manchin's state), reduce overall poverty by almost 40%, benefit working parents and the elderly, and provide free community college tuition. This can be a transformative moment in the lives of millions.

Ultimately, we are judged by how we care for the least fortunate among us. It is a mistake to think we are at a point in history where that care can be provided by incremental change.

Paul Woody.

Richmond.

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