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Letters: Anticipating the Trump presidency

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to be officially

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to be officially selected by the U.S. Electoral College as the next president on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Drew Angerer

The tax break given to the Carrier manufacturing plant in Indiana is a good deal [“Trump deals on U.S. jobs,” News, Dec. 2]. When you add up the benefits, it will keep millions of dollars in this country. Money will be paid into Social Security, which Carrier will have to match. Carrier will contribute to unemployment benefits, while the people who would have been let go won’t be draining those funds.

This deal will cost Carrier a lot of money over 10 years in the wage differences between Mexico and the United States. Quite a bit of the earned money will go back into the economy in the form of state and federal taxes, as well as gasoline taxes and goods purchased locally.

Thomas Tierney, Greenlawn

 

I wish to congratulate Christopher Suprun, the Republican elector from Texas who has bravely chosen to follow his conscience and withhold his vote for Donald Trump at the Electoral College [“Faithless electors could create anarchy,” Letters, Nov. 27].

I’m amazed and saddened by the number of Republicans who are fine with supporting a racist, anti-immigrant, anti-women, anti-democratic, corporations-profit-at-the-expense-of-the-99-percent agenda.

I’m hoping many more will want to support the values of this great country and also withhold their vote for Trump. It has become more obvious by the hour that Trump will do anything but make us great.

So many have worked so hard to make this a country with justice for all. Trump is already doing so much damage, it is unimaginable what will follow.

Alice Sprintzen, Syosset

 

From the Olympian heights to the Stygian shores. Upon the inauguration of Donald Trump, our republic will become the equivalent of a Third World oligarchy run by billionaires and millionaires and a handful of generals [“Sources: Tillerson for State,” News, Dec. 13].

The government will be populated by cabinet secretaries who are the antithesis of the departments they will lead. I believe their sole purpose will be to privatize everything, to the detriment of those they have sworn to protect, enriching themselves and their cronies to the maximum extent possible, while destroying the social support fabric of our nation.

Acting from the top will be a president, in title only, a petulant and egomaniacal reflection of Caesar and admirer of the leader of Russia, a country that has sworn to defeat us. Any semblance of democracy or the will of the people be damned.

Richard M. Frauenglass, Huntington

 

Whether he’s at a “thank you” rally of thousands or tweeting at any hour of the day from Trump Tower, President-elect Donald Trump has boasted about his Electoral College “landslide.” The Trump transition team called the outcome “one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history.”

But the facts tell a different story. Trump received 1.38 times as many electoral votes as did Hillary Clinton. However, his claim of a landslide should be viewed from the perspective that in 25 of the 30 presidential elections since 1900, the winner’s margin in the Electoral College over the candidate who came in second was larger than Trump’s.

Moreover, Trump’s victory margin in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — which, if they had been in Hillary Clinton’s column would have made her the winner — was 77,188 votes. That’s a little more than half of 1 percent of all the votes cast in those states combined.

The claim of a landslide does not even consider that Clinton’s winning margin in the popular vote is more than 2.8 million.

Trump’s attraction to an alt-reality when interpreting the election results is so much more dangerous if it is but a foretaste of how he will misinterpret, or just simply ignore, national security information and intelligence data upon which the lives of millions, if not the whole planet, could hang in the balance.

Chuck Cutolo, Westbury

Editor’s note: The writer is a former counsel to Nassau County Democrats.

 

When the next administration takes office in January, there will no longer be a threat to Long Island from rising seas [“Rising seas: The threat to LI,” News, Dec. 11].

The next Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt, an individual with no scientific background, is a devout denier who is on record as saying that the idea of climate change is silly.

His uninformed denial, and Donald Trump’s statements in the past that climate change is a Chinese conspiracy, are all that’s needed to make it all just go away. Maybe Trump will issue an edict that government employees are not permitted to use the words climate change, as another ignorant politician with no science background, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, did in 2015.

William Hastback, Smithtown

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