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Trump's SOTU sleight-of-hand disappears the growing wealth Pyramid

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In President Trump’s State of the Union address we saw a brilliant display of rhetorical sleight of hand on the economy. The successful misdirection was enabled by the corporate news media, which consistently maintains that the one thing Trump should be claiming credit for is his stellar performance growing the economy.

What was ignored was how it has also grown increasingly more unequal and tilted to the rich since he took office, as the country sinks deeper and deeper into a miasma of long term multi-trillion dollar debt.

In the critical commentary that followed the SOTU, the only quibbling on Trump’s assessment of the nation’s economy was that he had failed to credit his predecessor, President Obama, for getting things headed in the right direction.

For those assembled in the House chamber, and those watching at home, Trump waved the shiny object of “an economic miracle . . . taking place in the United States . . . an unprecedented economic boom — a boom that has rarely been seen before.”

So, despite our life expectancy declining for the last three years, one of the highest childhood poverty rates........

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