Now that the president is back in town, he needs to read more of my mail …

Dear Mr. President,

How can you be so proud, sir, of gouging additional taxes from the middle class to line your own pockets and those of your friends?

Oh, I forgot. The rest of don’t count. We’re the bothersome majority of the country who don’t have billions of dollars. Got it, sir.

How can you be so proud, sir, of grossly increasing our debt? That puts the burden of your self-largess on our children.

Oh, I forgot. We and our children and our children’s children don’t count. Only yours count, which is why you want to end the estate tax, sir. So your progeny can glean the benefits of living in our free society but not support its government. Got it, sir.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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Mr. President, Can You Spare a Dime …?

Dear Mr. Trump,

So it turns out, I now see, that you would save tens of millions of dollars every year by your new tax bill. But the taxes of many people a lot poorer than you will go up. How is that fair?

I think we should be able to work this out, sir. Please send all the tax savings from your plan – if it’s enacted – to the middle-class Americans whose taxes are going to increase. Then get your ultra-rich buddies to do the same. Tell your good, close friend Putin to chip in a few bucks, too. Tell him it’s just the cost of collusion.

All levity aside, what you’re doing was referred to by none other than George H.W. Bush as “voodoo economics.” There’s no possible way that your tax cut won’t monstrously increase the deficit and our national debt. At best, you are placing increasing trillions of dollar of debt on our children and grandchildren. I know you don’t care, sir, if the country completely falls apart when you’re gone, but I do care.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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A letter to the White House about today’s indictment …

Dear Mr. Trump,

You purport to look out for the “small guy,” yet you hired as the head of your campaign a massive tax cheater, as reflected in today’s indictment of Mr. Manafort. That he failed to pay tax on at least $13 million of income may seem like small potatoes to you. God knows how much of your own income you failed to pay taxes on, as you have chosen not to release your tax returns. Putting aside that not-small issue, does it not concern you that the man you put in charge of your campaign is a tax cheat?

The indictment also lays out how Mr. Manafort hid from the government that he was a foreign agent. By doing so, he violated the law. You, sir, must have known. You claim to have super-high intelligence. You claim not to be a moron, so you wouldn’t have hired Mr. Manafort as the head of your campaign without carefully vetting him and understand his background.

And of course you had to know that he worked for Putin’s cronies. In his clandestine service to Ukraine, Mr. Manafort was also serving Putin’s interests.

Such a man to bring into your campaign! Such a man to have at your right hand, whispering into your ear, as you sought the Republican nomination!

For a person who cries about “fake news,” sir, don’t you think it’s ironic you hired a man who laid down layers of deceit about his activities?

When the fish’s head is rotten, …

Good day, sir.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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The cost of raising a family is going up … my letter to the White House

Dear Mr. Trump,

Your White House has sent me an email in which it claims that “the cost of raising a family has grown exponentially.” I’m sure you have no idea, sir, what it costs to raise a family. But I’ve done some research. Perhaps I can help educate you.

What makes up the cost of raising a family? The largest component is housing. The Trump Administration plans to reduce government aid for low-income housing by $5 billion. If you’re concerned about the cost of a raising a family, sir, why strip away $5 billion now going to families for just that purpose?

Then, sir, the next highest component of raising a family is food. By 2011 the imports of agricultural products from Mexico to the US totaled $15.8 billion, making Mexico the second largest supplier to the US. The leading categories include: fresh vegetables and fresh fruit, in winter months particularly. Your desire to scuttle NAFTA will keep all this nourishing food in Mexico, driving up prices here or forcing American families to do without. Please explain how forcing up food prices is going to help reduce the cost of raising a family. Oh, I get it. The families you are so concerned about protecting will just do without.

What about the costs of medical care? You are driving up the insurance premiums of many families by failing to make the payments to insurance companies contemplated by the Affordable Care Act. Oh, I see. They can reduce their costs of raising a family by foregoing medical care. Got it.

You, sir, are the cause of the rising costs of raising a family. You are not the solution.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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Not a true Commander in Chief by any stretch of the imagination … a letter to the White House

Dear Mr. Trump,

How unbecoming of you, sir, to attack a Gold Star widow and accuse her of lying. Her husband gave his life for his country – something that you never put yourself at risk for, with your “heel spurs” – and she’s obviously in pain. The unborn baby will never know its hero father. Yet, you have no compassion whatsoever for the widow’s pain, nor respect for her dead husband, a hero, nor the common decency that any mature adult would have to refrain from calling a liar someone who is suffering and in grief.

By your conduct, you mock the very idea of leadership. Why should anyone in the armed forces follow you as “Commander in Chief” when you have no respect for the people who put their lives at risk for this country and their families?

Despicable? Revolting? Nauseating? Which of these adjectives do you prefer, sir? I use the term “sir” with the greatest possible regret.

Sir.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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Because that’s what you were told …

Dear Mr. Trump,

I hear that you accused President Obama of not making calls to families of deceased U.S. soldiers, “because that’s what you were told.”

You accused him of not being born in the United States, because that’s what you were told, and you had great evidence to prove it, “believe me.”

You accused Muslim Americans of celebrating on 9/11, because you apparently saw it on a television that no one else saw, and anyway, I’m sure that’s what you were told.

Who are these secretive people whispering in your ear these outrageous lies, lies that you then repeat without regard to truth? They are the Alex Jones’s of the world, right? The people who will also swear that Elvis Presley is still alive, that Hitler survived his bunker and is starting a new Nazi party, that the ATF blew up the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, right? The same people who believe that aliens seeded life on Earth and that a small cavil of evildoers is controlling the world and that the FBI and CIA have implanted electrodes into their brains.

Those are your closest confidants, the crazies who whisper in your ear. Sir, it explains an awful lot.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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What’s in a name?

Dear President Trump,

I want to say how sorry I am that Secretary of State Tillerson privately called you a moron. Part of draining the swamp finding a cabinet that is honest with the public, and surely, at the time, Tillerson should have put his remarks out there for the entire country to contemplate. How can the country operate effectively with all these behind-the-scenes analyses of your ability?

Secondly, I feel that Tillerson should have been taken to task – and probably fired outright – for vagueness. What is a moron, after all? One dictionary definition provides a long list of possibilities: “fool, idiot, ass, blockhead, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, imbecile, cretin, dullard, simpleton, and clod.” See Google Definition of Moron. He failed to indicate one or more of these 12 possibilities he intended.

Third, and worst, I don’t think any of them really apply to you. You have often talked about your high IQ, and I feel, honestly, that you would score at least 110, maybe even 120, certainly above average, much higher than what the appellation “moron” suggests.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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