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Letter: Tax reform shouldn't increase burden on disadvantaged

To the Editor:

Recently, in a desperate effort to bury any news of their massive “repeal and replace” failure, Republicans have been flaunting details of their so-called tax reform plan.

There’s only one problem: the details that have been released indicate that this plan is not “reform” in any sense of the word, but rather another instance of stealing from the disadvantaged to support tax cuts for the wealthy.

Over the past months, right-wing lobbying groups associated with Paul Ryan, the Koch brothers and other prominent Republicans have been putting massive pressure on the White House to introduce tax codes to benefit the 1 percent.

Members of President Donald Trump’s administration, including his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and much of Vice President Mike Pence’s staff, have been meeting weekly to discuss the details of the code. Recent releases indicate that national education programs, Medicare and Medicaid all could be stripped of a major percentage of funding to support these Bush era-esque tax cuts.

This action by the right is unacceptable. When we call for tax reform, we are calling for a halt to corporate loopholes. We are calling for a plan that will minimize the current wealth inequality, not extend it. We are calling for a plan that will support the creation of new beneficial social programs, rather than cutting the funding of existing ones and placing a greater burden on the already disadvantaged.

The GOP can expect any other “reform” to be met with swift resistance.

Ron Martin

Woodstock

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