Lanterns: The Forgotten Man


The Forgotten Man

Last week while watching The Glenn Beck Show, I listened to a man calling into the radio station WMAL in Maryland, by the name of  Alan Hoyt. The conversation began with a discussion about how this man has been struggling in Florida just trying to get by, and he cried out for some type of financial aid by way of tax cuts or anything else that could possibly lighten his load.

Alan, like many of us, is working hard and no matter how many hours he puts in, he still comes up short to pay the bills. I too, am like Alan. I am working a job to help provide for my wife and me, and I still feel like we are tight. There’s not much room to put money into savings, and we are living paycheck to paycheck. It doesn't help that currently, Idaho’s income tax is higher than that of Illinois, and gas prices are higher than most places right now.

Now, why is that? 

There has been so much distraction with all this Russia commotion. A half a year into President Trump's term, there has been nothing but chaos. Nothing much has been done. At this point,  it’s hard to imagine that the people who supported him and the other Republicans are feeling disappointed and let down.

The failure of a health care bill, the lack of talk about coming tax cuts, and the lack of a resolution regarding the wall on our southern border are all promises that don’t seem to be coming to fruition.  

People are suffering.


I wish I could predict how the rest of this year will play out. Will a tax cut proposal even be presented to be voted on? Will this healtcare fiasco be resolved by year’s end? Or, will all the drama on the outside delay everything?

Present a 15% flat tax and make it an even playing field for everyone. Pass a fair healthcare plan. At this point, those are the only two things I care about. It seems like big business, bankers, and insurance companies are all getting bailouts.  When will our elected officials start caring about the forgotten man?

Written by Matthew Wood

Hi there. Thank you for taking the time to check out my entries. I enjoy learning about politics, I am an avid sports fan, and fitness guru.

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