Letters: Clinton relationship with Lewinsky was consensual

Mona Charen’s “We let Bill Clinton off hook, and there are repercussions” (Nov. 20) and a recent letter to the editor link President Clinton to sexual predators. They seem to forget that Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky, age 22, was consensual and not that of a sexual predator.

Was it moral or OK? No. But it is apparent thatLewinsky, not a minor, was a willing participant, saving her dress and bragging to friends.

Certainly immoral behavior by Clinton, but compare it to the video of President Trump getting off a bus and bragging about his sexual exploits and then lying about it or peeping at teen beauty contestants.


Corporate tax cuts

won’t help workers

The news media have been daily dissecting the Republican House and Senate versions of their tax cut bills to illustrate how they disproportionately favor corporations and their wealthy owners. However, rarely do the media question the need for this legislation that would add $1.5 trillion dollars to the national debt.

Currently, U.S. companies hold $1.94 trillion domestically and $2.5 trillion overseas that is available for investment. To the extent that a U.S. company does not have cash reserves for investment, borrowing costs are low, as is inflation.

Despite Republican claims that U.S. taxes are the world’s highest, studies indicate that the effective tax rates for American companies is not 35 percent, but more in the average range of competing economies at 24 percent.

In January of this year, 156,000 new jobs were created, the 75th consecutive month of job growth. Since 2010, 15.5 million jobs have been created. Unemployment in the prior month was at 4.7 percent, viewed by economists as essentially constituting full employment. Worker pay has been rising, if not as much as many would like.

The Republicans argue that their intention is really to increase middle-class income through corporate investment in new ventures. Some have claimed that annual wages would increase for median workers by as much as $4,000 annually.

If one accepts that highly unlikely scenario, then that goal can be achieved directly without a need for a corporate tax cut. It can be achieved by enacting a $4,000 refundable tax credit to all citizens and their dependents every year and be done more cheaply than the budget-breaking tax bills.


Differences between

races rooted in history

With all the hoopla about NFL players not standing for the national anthem and claiming they are doing so to bring light to racial injustices, we need to address a very important issue — that the races are quite different in many ways such as customs, values and the way we address and look at societal issues.

The races will always be different and have been for thousands of years. This doesn’t mean we can’t live together and benefit from those differences, but we don’t need to make them excuses for divisiveness.

I personally don’t have a problem with people not standing for the national anthem as that is their right, but I don’t believe in all of this cry of social injustice and inequality. This is America, and is there any other nation where you would wish to live and have the opportunity to work hard and become successful?


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