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I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the Republicans on their bait-and-switch tax bill. This was your only major accomplishment of 2017 — never mind that only one in three voters was in favor of this.

I thought that because our economy was booming, this was unnecessary since our self-described genius president is the only president in history to turn our economy around in less than a year.

Let's look at Barack Obama's record. He started with unemployment at about 10 percent. When he left office, it was at about 5 percent. Now it's down to an amazing 4 percent — another entire point. Yes, the stock market is at an all-time high. It may even push higher with the new corporate welfare, but watch and see in the next year where the job market stands, and how many medical bankruptcies occur because of the new downgraded health care system.

Another thing that you might want to watch is the talk of infrastructure. This would actually encourage new business and job growth. Who wants to bet me that the same members of Congress who voted for the $1.5 trillion tax package will say that we can't afford this?

Now we see young people brought to the U.S. as babies who are now productive adults being used as pawns for a wall along the southwestern border with Mexico, even though illegal immigration has decreased in recent years. The main reason is more border patrol and electronic surveillance. You can climb an $18 billion wall with a $100 ladder, but you can't hide from a drone.

The removal of confederate statues is still a major talking point. The biggest argument is that it's a matter of state's rights. I would like to remind those using this as an excuse that our United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina, and Lindsey Graham, the present U.S. Senator from the same state, started the ball rolling after the murders of nine black members of a church congregation by a white supremacist. So much for blaming the liberal elite.

For those of you expecting me to comment on the just released book "Fire and Fury" — I'm sorry to disappoint you. If Trump's actions over the last year and half hasn't convinced you that he's unstable, this book certainly won't.

In closing, I would like to give some unsolicited advice for anyone running for office and wants to keep your house connected to the Trump wagon in 2018, please listen carefully. I'm a semi-retired small business owner. My clientele are mostly moderate or conservative. In the last six months, Trump supporters have gone quiet for the most part.

Even in political campaigns silence can be golden — but only if you're listening.

Daryl Ice, of Benton, is a regular letter-writer to The Southern.

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