Letter to the Editor - Crafting a good tax bill is not a game

Dear Editor,

Is anyone else appalled by the tax bill proposed in Congress? It is said it will increase the national debt by $1.5 trillion, that’s right, trillion, not billion, dollars. Isn’t that fiscally irresponsible? How do we get money to repair our infrastructure, run our government? Why should the richest of Americans, who don’t need the money, be the ones who benefit the most?

Give the most money to us, the working people – the middle class. That is what will really stimulate the economy. CEOs themselves have said that it’s demand for their products and services that gets them to reinvest, not post-tax profits. That often goes back to their stockholders and investors. Some analysts say people who make $10,000-$75,000 may even pay higher taxes. That would be shameful, if not sinful.

I am sick and tired of hearing that Republicans need a “win” on some piece of legislation. This is not a game. There is too much at stake. My fear is that they are going to rush this through next week while everyone is distracted by the holidays.

Slow down and craft a good bipartisan bill that really benefits the most of us. Did you see that word bipartisan? Democrats and Republicans working together for the good of the country. It can be done. I, for one, will applaud them.

Please, during this very busy time, take a moment to contact our congressmen and let them know what you think. And happy Thanksgiving: there is still so much to be grateful for.

Barbara Lodman

Lewistown

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