2018-06-21 / Letters

Americans Are Great ... Politicians, Corporations Not So Much

To The Editor:

A popular political slogan is “Make America Great Again.” This slogan implies that “America” once was “great” but no longer is. So is “America” less “great” than it once was, and what caused our decline in greatness?

Last February I was shopping at the Walmart in Shippensburg, looking to purchase a microwave. A young man in a blue vest approached me and asked if I required assistance. We discussed the pros and cons of each microwave and I made my selection. The young man proceeded to carry the microwave to the parking lot for me. It was cold and starting to snow and he was in short sleeves. I mentioned the weather conditions but he insisted on carrying the microwave to the car, once at the car he thanked me for being a valuable Walmart customer. I consider that “great” service and the character of that young man extremely “great.” Walmart after receiving a “great” $2.2 billion tax cut announced that it was paying the sales associates a not so “great” $11 per hour. The pay raise will cost Walmart $400 million. What did Walmart do with the excess $1.8 billion? They bought their own stock. Did that $1.8 billion make “America Great,” or did it just make a few stock holders richer? The politicians who use “Make America Great Again” slogan voted to give the corporations the tax break instead of reimbursing Great Americans like that young man.

Americans are “great” but when you consider American corporations and their politicians, then “America” is not as “great” as it use to be.

I contend that Americans are “great,” always have been, and always will be. What diminishes “Americas Greatness” is the greed of the corporations and the politicians that they pay to give them tax breaks.

Marty Hann

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