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Breathtaking Dishonesty at the State of the Union

Working people need to know just how dishonest the State of the Union speech was.
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By Lee Saunders ·

Last night, I attended the State of the Union address as a guest of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. I wish I could say that President Trump rose to meet the moment. Instead, he gave us partisan showmanship that didn’t square with reality. He tried – unconvincingly – to put a shiny gloss on a failed record that has been all about rigging the system in favor of the privileged and powerful.

It’s time for a reality check.

The economy is only going gangbusters if you’re already in the one percent, if you’re one of those wealthiest Americans who got a huge windfall from Trump’s trillion-dollar tax cut. …

By contrast, most working families not named Wells or Fargo experience economic anxiety on a daily basis, barely keeping their heads above water, many of them one setback away from financial ruin. …

I could barely believe my ears when I heard the president’s breathtaking dishonesty on health care. The fact is, he has actively tried to take away coverage from some 20 million people and eliminate protections for people with preexisting conditions. …

In direct contradiction to his comments last night, the president has recently indicated that he is open to cutting Social Security and Medicare. …

Read the rest of the column on The American Prospect.

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