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Trump focuses on nonexistent problems, worsens actual problems

By Robert B. Reich, Tribune Content Agency on

4. Widening inequality and a growing population of poor in America.

Trump's response? Proposing a tax plan that will make the rich even richer. And submitting to Congress a budget that cuts low-income housing, job training, food assistance, legal services, help to distressed rural communities, nutrition for new mothers and their infants, funds to keep poor families warm, even Meals on Wheels.

5. Racism, hatefulness and divisiveness.

What is Trump doing about this? Fueling even more of it by equating white supremacists with those who oppose racism, by militarizing the police, and by legitimizing discrimination against Muslims, Latinos, gays, transgender Americans and African-Americans.

Wherever you look, Trump finds problems that don't exist and simultaneously neglects or worsens every major problem facing America.

Trump and his administration have been at it for less than eight months. We will be paying the price for years to come.

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(Robert Reich, a former U.S. Secretary of Labor, is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of "Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few," now available in paperback. His new film, "Inequality for All," is now out on Amazon, DVD and On Demand. His daily blog is at www.facebook.com/RBReich/.)

 

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