Letters to MotherJones.com

Americans desperate for heroes
Re: Sugarcoating Reagan
8/6/01

You are so correct! Reagan’s trickle-down economic policy never made it as far as me. My husband lost his well-paying factory job and at times worked for $4.50 an hour. I worked seven days a week for more than two years, but we still couldn’t afford health insurance. My daughter now suffers from a slight hearing problem because I couldn’t afford the necessary medicine for her. We couldn’t get any benefits because I always made a little more than the low-income limit required to receive any kind of aid. I was told I would be better off quitting my job and going on welfare!

We struggled for 12 years to regain what we lost during Reagan’s term. I can’t believe how easily the American public can be misled by fast-talking politicians. The greatest American president? We are really hard up for heroes.

Barbara A. Helbling