Financial crises usually occur about seven years after a Republican president takes office. With Trump, it may be less than three.

Tax cuts for the very rich are bad economic policy. The subsequent deficit spending was a short-term economic stimulus that seems to have lasted a mere two years. Interest rates failed to get back up to more normal levels.

Recklessly permissive environmental deregulation was (ostensibly) another short-term economic stimulus. But, the more frequent floods, droughts and wildfires, etc., of climate change are a huge drag on the world’s economy — as are pollution caused illnesses, rising health care costs, government deficits, trade wars and corruption (including that of the Trump administration).

Many supported “Il Duce” Trump because of his threats to “get tough on” various “foreigners” (immigrants, Iran, Chinese trade policy, etc.), but take offense when Trump is called racist. (White supremacists seem to support him.)

Trump’s rhetoric and policies are intentionally divisive. It doesn’t really matter whether the prejudicial “them” which is peddled as the enemy of a partisan Republican “us” is determined by skin color, “race,” religion, language, cultural heritage, nationality or sexual preference. Prejudice is bad.

The “us” versus “them” battle that needs to be fought is against corruption: honest people against liars, thieves and cheats.

— Mark Holmboe, Rockford