Letter: John Smith, Lowes Island

Editor: In a recent public forum with challenger Hung Cao, Rep. Jennifer Wexton said, “The biggest thing we can do is pay someone a living wage.” She also said Democrats have made higher wages a priority. 

U.S. workers got higher wages, all right. But the Democrats had nothing to do with it. Those wage hikes were market-driven. Employers raised pay to attract employees during a labor shortage—a shortage linked to federal stimulus funds that enabled workers to sit home. 

The Democrats, with their reckless spending, gave Americans lower real wages. Inflation is outpacing most pay raises. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in August that real average hourly earnings decreased 3% from July 2021 to July 2022. The change in real average hourly earnings combined with a decrease of 0.6% in the average workweek resulted in a 3.6% decline in real average weekly earnings over the period. 

Wage increases are meaningless as inflation skyrockets. If higher wages are their priority, then Wexton and her Democratic colleagues have failed miserably. 

The economy flourished under Donald Trump, and it can thrive again if we elect Republicans like Hung Cao. 

John Smith, Lowes Island

8 thoughts on “Letter: John Smith, Lowes Island

  • 2022-09-07 at 12:13 pm
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    With all due respect, John Smith is too gloomy. Things really aren’t that bad. Gas prices are getting better — though I hope folks stop relying on gas-guzzlers. Shelves in the food stores are nicely stocked. In short, we’re doing just fine under Democrat leadership. Happy Nativity of Mary Day Loudoun!

  • 2022-09-07 at 1:33 pm
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    Recently, “Doctor” Jill said that her husband had promised to “rebuild” the middle class. She stated emphatically that it’s “why he ran” for POTUS.

    Well, this one’s definitely a Mission Accomplished. The “middle class” has been REBUILT as the “working poor” due to unrestrained government spending, endless lockdowns, record high energy costs/”green” energy and a proxy war with Russia.

    All courtesy of Joe Biden and the Democrats. Including Nancy Pelosi’s lap dog, Jenny Wexton.

    We deserve better.

  • 2022-09-07 at 3:36 pm
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    “U.S. workers got higher wages, all right. But the Democrats had nothing to do with it. Those wage hikes were market-driven. Employers raised pay to attract employees during a labor shortage—a shortage linked to federal stimulus funds that enabled workers to sit home”

    Hmm. Something tells me I’ve read this before? Perhaps in another letter to the editor…. submitted the very same day by another person? Dare I say the author not this letter is too busy to actually use their own words?

    Pretty lame Dude, even for a republican

  • 2022-09-07 at 7:36 pm
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    It is called the marginal utility of labor and SHOULD NOT be a gift as part of a pandering campaign for votes in November. Same goes for the pay off of mostly graduate tuition for couples earning as much as $249,000 per year. Please explain how couples earning at this level can’t payback their loans while bus drivers, carpenters and others now have to pay for this elite bail out. Why didn’t OUR REPRESENTATIVE have a problem with leaving American s behind in Afghanistan? Giving up Bagram Air Base? INFLATION caused by Congress not managing the federal reserve as it continued to pump $%120 billion per month into M2 causing inflationary pressures. SOUTHERN border now responsible for killing many thousands of children with fentanyl. Does Congress even care there is no control over how the billions going to Ukraine is managed or why Hunter isn’t prosecuted or why supreme court judges aren’t protected at their homes. Representing US should involves a lot more than just giving away money!

  • 2022-09-08 at 6:28 am
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    ughhh… this writing campaign organized by Hung Cao MAGA acolytes is getting old. Thankfully, a just released Reuters poll shows that the majority of Americans (including 1 in 4 republicans) are finally seeing that MAGAs are a threat to democracy. Only so many lies, and lies to cover lies, from Trumpsters in Congress down to the local level. Let’s bring our country back to the Barry Goldwater republican days. Thanks to you republicans who said they have had enough of the MAGA types!

    • 2022-09-08 at 3:37 pm
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      Someday, people will grasp that we live in a republic; not a democracy. This is the result of ill-education, and the constant regurgitation of a corrupt old man screaming about “muh democracy.”

    • 2022-09-08 at 3:51 pm
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      You may not like Trump the man but it is undeniable he accomplished more in 4 years than any president in memory and the country was in great shape. Then along comes Biden and we are in the toilet in less than two years. Spare me the Jan 6 hand wringing. and threat to democracy BS.
      The only threat to democracy is the lawless dem authoritarian rule led by the dictator Biden and the radical leftists he had empowered.

  • 2022-09-08 at 11:20 am
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    Half of the inflation rate can be attributed to government spending.

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