Letter to the editor: The GOP’s deceptions

House Speaker Paul Ryan, of Wis., center, leaves the House Chamber after voting on the Republican tax bill Tuesday, Dec. 19, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans muscled the most sweeping rewrite of the nation’s tax laws in more than three decades through the House. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The Republicans are celebrating a big win with their new tax reform bill. While most taxpayers will benefit from its passing, it remains to be seen how big of a win it will be for the average taxpayer. What are the unintended consequences? How much will health insurance premiums rise? Will they have to cut Medicare benefits? And the big one for us “deficit hawks”: How much will the bill add to the deficit?

 

Don’t mistake the Republicans’ talking points and spin for the truth. The tax bill is clearly a big tax cut for their donors with a smaller one for the middle class. And don’t think their great concern was about the middle class instead of their own self-interest. Sen. Lindsey Graham said it all when he tweeted that the “financial contributions will stop” if the GOP does not pass tax reform.

When it comes to true tax reform, lawmakers need to go through the more than 70,000 pages of the tax code and get rid of the outdated rules, loopholes, redundant rules, etc. It would take a lot of work and courage on the part of our elected politicians.

Unfortunately, none of them have a backbone strong enough to say no to the lobbyists. What we need is a commission like the Base Realignment and Closure Commission that closed several military bases. Our elected officials could only vote “yes” or “no.”

I spoke to Sen. Moran at the veterans celebration in Effingham and he led me to believe that anything he voted for would be deficit neutral. That didn’t happen, did it?

Alice Johnson, Effingham

 

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