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Letter to the editor: Job one - Rebuilding America's middle class, Brunswick Beacon

In the 28th month of robust job growth, the March data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that our economy added 303,000 jobs, once again exceeding analysts’ expectations. Sectors adding the most jobs included healthcare, government (including education,) construction, and hospitality and leisure. 

President Biden is laser-focused on rebuilding America’s middle class. Once the envy of the world, our middle class built America, only to be left behind as the abyss between the wealthy and the poor widened. A middle-class life used to ensure that a worker could support their family, provide a better life for their kids, buy a car and a house, and retire to enjoy the fruits of their labor. 

America is the land of opportunity, where hard work is rewarded. That’s one reason why folks from economically devastated countries risk everything to come here. Once here, they do the jobs that make America run from harvesting crops in our fields, working in dangerous factories and slaughterhouses, building our homes, even caring for our elderly. They want what we want: the chance to give their families a better future. 

Legislation championed by President Biden includes the CHIPS and Science Act, the Inflation Reduction Act, and the Bipartisan Infrastructure deal. These programs provide immediate pathways to well-paying jobs, along with training in emerging fields. 

What’s the MAGA Republican plan for jobs, you ask? More massive tax cuts for millionaires, billionaires, and corporations, tax cuts financed by slashing Social Security and Medicare, YOUR hard-earned benefits. Trickle-down economics – the absurd notion that these folks will use their wealth to create jobs – is total malarkey. The wealthy are buying themselves yachts, mansions, private planes, and cool trips to space. 

America’s true wealth is its workforce. If you’re part of it, vote for Biden and Democrats in November. They’ve got your back. MAGA Republicans are laughing in your face… all the way to the bank. 

Kristine Garrity



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