Town Square of Dec. 7, 2017

Tax Reform And Health Care
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NET INCREASE: Since the bracket I’m in won’t shift, my family will experience a net increase in taxes we pay – two working parents, two kids and definitely no help to us at all. The increased child credit is not enough to offset. We do need serious bi-partisan tax reform and ways to entice companies to create jobs and stay in the US. This bill does not appear to do this. It also, again, defies the process of normal legislation. Keep up the fight.

VIEWS OF REALITY: I listened to all the debates and have great difficulty understanding how there can be two such completely different views of reality. This bill will devastate millions.

MORAL OBLIGATION: This bill also takes away healthcare for millions. I was told healthcare isn’t a right in this country. No, it isn’t a right, but it is a moral obligation to our fellow man. Not caring if others have healthcare is like eating a great feast in front of starving children and not offering them any food. Ask these people how in good conscience they find that acceptable.

BEST OPPORTUNITY: The Republicans in Congress realize this is best opportunity they’ve had in decades to reform the Federal Government along the lines that CEOs of large corporations have dreamed about. What that reform does to people who pursue other gainful employment doesn’t matter to Republicans.

SCARY STORIES: Quit giving me your scary stories about who pays less. I don’t care who pays less. I want to know who pays more. That is what I’m concerned about. For example, if the state income tax deduction goes away, people like me are getting screwed! But don’t think that liberal high-tax Maryland doesn’t share plenty of responsibility in that particular area. Stop the wasteful spending and maybe we could all enjoy a reduction in tax rather than bitterly complaining about who pays less. It’s insanity.

WHINE, BLOCK, RANT: All you people seem to do is block anything the other party proposes. You whine about the Republicans but want to continue to fleece the people who put you in office. If you had an alternative or even tried to compromise like you are supposed to, I might listen to your pathetic rant.

LACK OF RESPECT: Trying to jam 500 pages of bill through the Senate smacks of a total lack of respect for the legislative process, the elected representatives, and – most of all – the taxpaying citizens of this country.

GET IN THE GAME: Please stop fighting this and get in the game. You can’t really believe that we don’t need tax reform. But this plan has problems, specifically with proper incentives to motivate businesses to use their windfall for economic growth rather than for stock buy backs.

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