Letters to the Editor

Trump's economy is bad for rural America

Trump has been in office for just three years, but there has been substantial job growth in each of the past nine years. And, growth has slowed during the Trump administration from its level at the end of the Obama administration, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Barack Obama inherited the Great Recession of 2008, but was still able to get the economy on a positive course.

If economic life has improved for some Americans, have all benefited equally? The simple answer is “no.” Though poverty levels overall decreased across the country in 2017 and 2018, they actually increased in about a third of rural counties, according to a U.S. Census survey.

Donald Trump’s plans for the future will make life more painful in rural areas. Trump has waged war on the Affordable Care Act, which provides health care for thousands of previously uninsured individuals, protections for those with preexisting conditions and allows adult children to stay on their parents’ insurance. Trump’s proposed budget includes cuts for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, food stamps, and Medicaid, all programs that provide basic necessities for those in need. The Trump budget also cuts crop insurance by $25 billion. All the cuts will fall hardest on those struggling the most, and in Iowa those people are disproportionately in rural areas.

Iowa cannot afford four more years of Donald Trump no matter what he claims.

Suzette Astley

Mount Vernon

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