A “red herring” isn't just a smoked fish that imparts a reddish color; it's also a term that refers to a statement or claim intended to obfuscate or divert attention away from facts one doesn't want others to understand. It's a tactic critical to today's Democrats.

Steve Miller says “Republicans try to fool working Americans” by using “average” instead of “median” in reporting wage/income data.

That's a false generalization and a red herring. Median is always the preferred statistical measure for such things.

Recently, Investor's Business Daily reported that “median household income has shot up more than 4 percent in the 19 months since Trump took office” (highest “in at least 50 years — after adjusting for inflation”).

They added, “Over the course of President Obama's entire eight years in office, median household income climbed a mere 0.3 percent.”

Miller's confusing claim about “weekly earnings … for the typical working American” (typical?) is just another red herring to obfuscate what everybody should understand by now — i.e., that virtually every aspect of our economy has significantly improved (including job satisfaction), thanks to President Trump's policies.

Fred Bindewald, Fort Madison