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Letter: Politicians overlook needs of ordinary Americans


Where do we stand in the world regarding quality of life for the American people?

In military budget we are No. 1 in the world at $778 billion annually, more than the next 10 countries combined, more than China, Russia, India, England, Germany, France, Japan, South Korea and Australia. We just ended the longest war in our history.

In life expectancy we are 26th in the world. In infant mortality we are 29th. In health care for our citizens we are 12th in the world. In education we are 21st in science and 17th in reading. We lag behind many other nations in terms of tax fairness and citizens participating in elections.

In comparison with the 26 leading countries in the European Union, America’s poor are worse off as far as citizens living in poverty. Spending on military arms and corrupt tax policies together accounts for most of these inequities in our country. Too many politicians work for the elite in our society and ignore the average American citizens.

Maybe we should start electing politicians who care about the citizens of America. Working Americans need to start paying attention and vote out representatives who have ignored them for years. We all need to stop fighting each other and start working for the common good. Let’s stop talking about blue states and red states and start talking “United States.”

James H. Thomas

Source: Berkshire mont

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