America no longer as great as it once was

A popular political slogan is “Make America great again.”

This slogan implies that America once was great but no longer is. So is America less great than it once was, and what caused our decline in greatness?

Last February, I was shopping at the Walmart in Shippensburg, looking to purchase a microwave.

A young man in a blue vest approached me and asked if I required assistance. We discussed the pros and cons of each microwave, and I made my selection.

The young man proceeded to carry the microwave to the parking lot for me. It was cold and starting to snow, and he was in short sleeves.

I mentioned the weather conditions, but he insisted on carrying the microwave to the car. Once at the car, he thanked me for being a valuable Walmart customer.

I consider that great service and the character of that young man extremely great.

Walmart, after receiving a great $2.2 billion tax cut, announced that it was paying the sales associates a not-so-great $11 per hour. The pay raise will cost Walmart

$400 million.

What did Walmart do with the excess $1.8 billion? It bought its own stock.

Did that $1.8 billion make America great, or did it just make a few stockholders richer?

The politicians who use the “Make America great again” slogan voted to give the corporations the tax break instead of reimbursing great Americans like that young man.

Americans are great, but when you consider American corporations and their politicians, then America is not as great as it used to be.

I contend that Americans are great — always have been and always will be — but what diminishes America’s greatness is the greed of the corporations and the politicians that they pay to give them tax breaks.

Marty Hann