Thomas M. Finch – 2/4/2019


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Opposing Trump’s wall is a noble endeavor; Thomas M. Finch; Beaver County Times; February 4, 2019.

The BCT has published at least 71 letters from Mr. Finch (TMF) since December 2004.  At least 31 of these letters were anti-Bush and/or anti-Republican and they never disappoint.  Here is one example.  You can find the remaining Finch letters I critiqued in the critique archives.  As usual, this letter is little more than a string of leftist talking points.  I wish he could get a regular column in the BCT.  I also wish he could get at least five minutes per day on a local radio and/or TV station.  The most recent Finch letters I reviewed were “Democrats want immigration reform, not a wall,” “Time to wake up,” “Rothfus has done nothing; Lamb deserves a chance,” “Don’t believe what Republicans are selling,” “Trump got played; America got nothing,” “Truth may be disagreeable, but it’s not ‘fake news,’” “How can we support such an inept president,” “‘Trumpcare’ means lousy coverage, higher premiums” and “Trump doesn’t deserve to be admired, supported.”

Below is a review of the subject letter.

Letter writer Danny Sainovich’s attack on Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Shumer [sic] wasn’t just insulting to them; it was a slap in the face to the Democrats they represent.

[RWC] Here’s the Sainovich letter in its entirety:

“The nicest thing I can say about Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer is that they are two-faced.  When Barack Obama was president, they were all for a 700-mile double-wall fence barrier on our southern border.

“The reason I call these two two-faced is not because they think the wall is bad idea, but because they don’t want President Trump to succeed.”  (Note: According to an email note I received from Dan Sainovich in 2011, “Danny is my father and we both live in Ohioville.  His name is Danny and mine is Dan - you are correct that we do have opposite views on politics.  Actually there is no jr or sr but we have come to an agreement to use jr and sr so that folks don’t get us mixed up.)

Sens. Clinton (D-NY) and Obama (D-IL) also voted for a fence/wall.

Why was the subject letter “a slap in the face to the Democrats they represent?”

Blah, blah, blah.

“At whatever point in time that they supposedly ‘were all for a 700-mile’ wall doesn’t make it a good idea.  If Congress thought it was a prudent and wise way to protect our border, funding for it would have been approved back then.  Apparently, when the cost of this misadventure was weighed against how ineffective it would be, saner heads prevailed.  Evidently, the concept fell out of favor, until Trump decided to make it the major impetus of his campaign and rile up his base with fear of immigrants and foreigners.”

[RWC] Blah, blah, blah.

“Opposing Trump’s folly of a wall - while he was holding 800,000 federal employees hostage to get his own way - is a noble endeavor, and should not be considered ‘two-faced’ or ‘hypocritical’ as Sainovich implies.  Trump doesn’t need help from the Democrats to be considered a failure.  He is a lying, cry-baby con man who has accomplished nothing since taking office except for giving tax breaks to the wealthy and loading the Supreme Court with right-wing lackeys who will favor big business over the common good.”

[RWC] As the saying goes, it takes two to tango.  Just as President Trump, House Democrats could have prevented/ended the so-called “federal government shutdown” at any time.

“loading” the Supreme Court?  DT has nominated two justices so far.  The first nominee, now-Justice Neil Gorsuch, “replaced” the late-Justice Antonin Scalia.  The second nominee, now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh, “replaced” the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.  President Ronald Reagan nominated both Justices Kennedy and Scalia.

My guess is TF would claim Chief Justice John Roberts (nominated by President George W. Bush) is a “right-wing lackey” even though he single-handedly saved Obamacare, not once, but twice (here and here).

“Just like his lies about everything else, the wall will not reduce drugs, illegal immigration or crime.  It’s just something he can brag about to his supporters who agree with him that it’s a good idea.  ‘Success’ as our president is a laughable joke.”

[RWC] Blah, blah, blah.

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