The Candidate’s wife got angry. Apparently, running for president is hard. Yes. So, actually, is being The President.
The Candidate claims 47 percent of Americans are freeloaders — active-duty soldiers, elderly on Social Security and Medicare, hungry children on food stamps, students, working poor and unemployed.
He told his wealthy donors he isn’t concerned. This week, in a new ad, he expressed compassion. Flip. We do “know” him.
The Candidate and spouse altered their 2011 tax returns. They appear trustworthy, generous.
But, to get their actual 9.2 percent tax rate up to the promised 14 percent, they returned their “charitable contributions deduction.” Refundable after election.
They mock us. He campaigns with VP, who lied about his marathon prowess. He’s lost the runners’ vote. They carry imagined big sticks; they chicken-hawk-talk, attempting to undermine delicate foreign policy of which they know nothing.
They lie pathologically about the president; they hammer the middle class with their “tax plan,” the elderly with their voucher “Medicare plan.” They lie about both.
They collude to make their rich friends richer. They plot to defund spending on education, health care and the environment.
They refuse to share specifics. They pontificate in cliche. The devil’s in the details, The Candidate chuckles.
The president — smart, cool and kind — surely will prevail.
Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln would approve this message.
Marylouise Markle State College