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The mother of all lies

November 22, 2017
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To the editor:

I believe that the following letter is of vital interest to all Americans.

I believe that President Donald Trump, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and many other Republicans in the House and Senate are lying to the American people about the GOP tax reform plan. This is not a little white lie. It's the mother of all lies.

You don't have to take my word for it. You can read the latest House and Senate proposals and decide for yourself. It won't be easy. The House "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" is 429 pages and the Senate Joint Committee on Taxation, Description of the Chairman's Mark of the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," Nov. 9, 2017, is 253 pages.

They're not an easy read, in part, because they are written to conform to the legislative Reconciliation rules. Reconciliation was never intended to be used on major legislation such as health care and tax reform. Legislation of this magnitude deserves full transparent bipartisan vetting and 60-vote supermajority support in the Senate to ensure that the legislation is in the best interest of the country as a whole, and does not reward special interests at the expense of mainstream America.

Donald Trump and the GOP are anxious to use reconciliation rules to bypass regular legislative order and quickly ram through major tax reform legislation that will affect millions of Americans for decades to come; partisan legislation written behind closed doors, with no transparency and no time for any reasonable review and vetting. Why? Their actions raise huge red flags and are reason enough to question their motives and claims that their tax reform proposals are all about providing tax relief to the middle class.

Some political pundits argue that Donald Trump and Republicans need a win going into the 2018 elections, admitting that it's all about winning elections, and not about achieving a winning tax strategy for middle America. Selling out middle America to win an election: Is that what we expect and deserve from our elected leaders?

Donald Trump continues to state that GOP tax plan is all about the middle class, "a middle-class miracle" he said, "at least $4,000 more in income every year for the average household" he said, and more. Paul Ryan recently stated that (the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will provide) " ... real relief for the people in the middle ... a typical family of four will save $1,182." Kevin McCarthy stated that "Every single American will keep more of what they earn." Many of the Trump/GOP promised benefits to middle America are based on the totally debunked "trickle down" theory.

Don't blindly believe what Donald Trump and the GOP are telling you. Read the proposed legislation, or at least read some of the many analyses of the legislation by multiple sources, not just Fox News or MSNBC.

According to most analyses, the proposed House and Senate tax reform packages tell an entirely different story than what Donald Trump and the GOP are saying. These analyses have shown that large U.S. corporations and upper income Americans will see the lion's share of tax cuts. Middle and lower income Americans will benefit least and may even see a tax increase.

To make matters even worse, the Trump/GOP tax plan will balloon the national debt and lead to Republican calls for cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and many other programs that benefit middle America. In many cases, states and local communities will have to pick up funding, raising state and local taxes.

I think that it's vitally important for every American to do their homework and weigh in on tax reform legislation that will have a huge impact on them, their children, and their children's children for decades to come.

Russell Moody

Cape Coral



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