Democrats are doing a horrendous job of understanding the President Donald J. Trump phenomenon [“New age of activism in age of Trump,” Opinion, March 3]. It’s appalling how isolated these two groups are from one another. How can elected Democrats share a country with tens of millions of Trump voters without understanding their worldview?
Trump is an antiglobalist. He opposes the way multinational corporations and banks have used legislation, war and predatory trade deals to subvert the needs of the nation to powerful elites who are not limited by or loyal to it. One cannot understand the Trump movement without understanding globalism and the anti-globalization movement.
Most liberals are still squealing about racism and sexism as factors that cemented his election. This is a falsehood.
Tragically, I doubt that any of the hyperventilating Democrats, who are gasping that Trump is the next Adolf Hitler, have taken a moment to consider that Hitler was not exactly the poster boy for non-interventionism. Military interventionism and world-policing are the very definition of hawks like Hillary Clinton and the Bush dynasty.
Richard C. Iritano,Valley Stream
I believe that Newsday’s Feb. 26 editorial, “Angry in America, Act 2,” totally misses the point.
The hard-line Republicans were intransigent during the Obama administration, and now, with a Republican president and Congress, they are more intransigent than ever.
Their positions on immigration and Obamacare (repeal and replace) remain steadfast and unreasonable. They openly or tacitly support President Donald Trump’s many incompetent Cabinet appointees, his Supreme Court nominee and his attacks on the First Amendment. They are trying to deflect the Russia connection.
You have to give the Republicans credit, they play hardball. It’s time for those who oppose the administration to play hardball.
Steven F. Lowenhar,Dix Hills
Although no specific plan for revising the personal income tax has been announced, President Donald Trump has spoken of fewer brackets, lower rates, higher standard deductions, and the elimination or limitation of itemized deductions such as property taxes and mortgage interest. For Sen. Chuck Schumer to focus on the latter aspects without looking at the whole is sophomoric [“Fear of tax jeopardy,” News, Feb. 22].
The $3,000 savings that new homeowners Joshua and Mindy Schreiber of Seaford project suggests that at current tax rates they have about $10,000 in deductions above the $12,600 standard deduction for a family. An increase in the standard deduction to $25,000 — Trump has mused about $30,000 — would more than offset this. Any rate reduction would mean the Schreibers and most of us homeowners would pay less than we pay now.
Government interference in any market has unintended consequences. Deductibility of mortgage interest and property taxes has subsidized urban sprawl and an expensive, energy-consuming lifestyle. The measures have destroyed some of the best farmland in America, required tremendous government subsidies beyond what fares will support to the Long Island Rail Road, required apartment dwellers to subsidize homeowners, inflated public employee salaries and complicated our tax returns so what could and should be simple requires expensive professionals.
Dennis J. Duffy, Lynbrook
Editor’s note: The writer is a chartered financial consultant.