Alibi V.26 No.22 • June 1-7, 2017 

Letters

The Mayoral Forum

Dear Alibi,

Last night's (May 23) forum was absolutely the best I have ever attended. Very well organized, the format and questions were spot-on. And, for the first time in my adult life, I have to say that, while I pretty much have chosen my candidate for mayor, and some are stronger/more experienced that others, I could be comfortable with the election of anyone who participated last evening. And, Gus is just a superstar who will help change our world. That is a highly unusual thing to say, but the friend who attended with me and others agreed. Thanks to everyone who made the event possible—great job! We need more of this kind of political/social engagement, and the Alibi came through.

M. Wolf

Heinrich Says

Dear Alibi,

Since Heinrich knows how to fix health care, why doesn't he work with N.M. state legislators to raise New Mexico taxes to provide affordable health care to its citizens rather than waiting for Washington to decide? Does Heinrich not care?

F. Jones

Trumpian Distraction Tactics

Dear Alibi,

Why would Donald Trump come out and publically admit to obstruction of justice—an impeachable offence? This admission is in tandem with a week of unbelievable leaks and damaging admissions all suggesting impeachment or at the very least extreme censure and shame. When you really think about it, this is the ultimate distraction—a Trumpian tactic which he used very effectively throughout the campaign and even more so after his election.

After listening to the hearings held by the two houses of our Congress, it is apparent both by the questions asked and by comments to the media that the Republican House of Representatives and the Republican Senate simply do not care to even try to get to the bottom of the Russian interference with our election. This is a crime that any true American should be totally outraged over.

Then there is the deafening lack of outrage by Republican Congressional representatives over Trump blatantly giving the Russians beyond top secret intelligence at a chummy meeting in the Oval Office of the White House. Our elected Republican representatives simply do not plan to do anything. Since both houses of Congress are controlled by the Republicans, there is zero chance that charges will be either brought up in the House or tried in the Senate as long as Republicans control these two governing bodies. What a wonderful distraction to what we should really be watching. While the media is focusing on potential impeachment—what a great story—the Russian agenda and the Republican agenda are moving forward.

The Republican Health Care plan was passed before it could be scored by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). That score will be released by the CBO this Wednesday. I’ll just bet Jared Kushner will be actually named as “the person of interest” reported as being investigated for Russian ties.

Buried in the leak, leak, leak of last week was an Executive Order titled the “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity” to establish a commission to review alleged voter fraud. The vice chair of this commission is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the man who engineered “Cross Check,” a voter suppression tool which cost an estimated 3 million Democratic voters to be purged from the voter roles. This is a voter suppression order.

The budget is about to be released. We need to watch what programs are being cut to give even more tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy. We have heard that Medicaid was slashed. What about all the other programs that were designed to help the poor, guarantee quality education, protect the environment—our food, the air and water—these are all being chopped. Their (the Republican) plans for the banks are too complicated to even try to explain. Just know who is going to benefit when the next crash comes and who, you, as the tax payer, will have to bail out. We get screwed yet again.

Trump is wealthy enough and as president powerful enough to threaten and muzzle his opponents in the face of what should be the real news and the greatest threat to the United States. The Republican office holders are in league. It’s working.

We’re focused on impeachment potential instead of the Russian interference in the election and the Republican agenda for the future which will destroy the United States.

A. Ruhnka

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