Loved the old TV westerns; always an episode where a medicine wagon pulls into town. Folks gather to hear a pitch for "a cure-all for what ails ya." The spiel's convincing, perhaps aided by a shill in the audience claiming "it worked for him." The gullible succumb, parting with hard earned cash. Gratefully, justice prevails as the quack is run out of town on a rail.

Times have changed. "Snake oil" is still being sold. However, the medicine wagon has been replaced by the internet. The crowd has grown from a handful to a country-full.

"Justice" is more complicated. President Trump has a bigger megaphone. Congress is desperate to pass something/anything quickly rather than develop an elixir that will truly benefit the middle class long-term. They are hopeful that voters will be just gullible enough, just long enough to return them to office. If "trickle-down" was truly effective, support would be bipartisan.

Want to stimulate the economy? Put money directly into the pockets of lower and middle income Americans. We will purchase goods & services and "percolate-it-up," nourishing all levels of the economy quickly. No "smoke and mirrors" required.

The Republican tax reform bill depends upon the same wishful thinking that Charlie Brown does when he expects Lucy not to pull the ball away.

Our "Medicine man-in-Chief" tweets empty promises and threats in order to cobble together enough support to squeak through with a victory.

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Regrettably "Profiles in Courage" in D.C. seemingly are in short supply. History will no doubt refer to this Presidency as "The Art of The Scam."

John Ilgenfritz

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