Middle class loses in tax plan


The tax bill under final discussion in the U.S. House and Senate have this in common: neither reduces the taxes of the middle class of our country, and neither has been debated and discussed with us, the voters, at all. Do we, the people, not have a voice, for legislation this significant? Why are they so afraid of disclosing this plan to redistribute a significant amount of the wealth of this nation?

Representative Jack Bergman, our representative in the House, needs to hear from us all, that we do not want our ability to write off basic business expenses if you are small business owner, to write off expenses before determining your profit, to give large, multinational corporations already sitting on piles of cash, a tax break. Do the math: If your rate is reduced, but your ability to write off the cost of being a small business owner, that is a tax increase. All to give corporations a tax break. Many of whom, by using a plethora of deductions already in place, no tax. In fact, The President was the CEO of one of those companies, as was disclosed in his tax returns. Do you pay a lease on office or shop space to run your business? No more! You will pay tax on that money. Do you qualify for subsidies to help pay for your health insurance to allow you to see a doctor for a health problem? No more. There are 710,000 people in the 1st District.

Less than 1,000 would see any long term benefit from this bill and very few corporations. At the expense of 701,000 of us. That is not fair. And person who votes for this is not voting in our interest. It also leaves the next generation with a trillion dollar deficit. It seemed like just a year ago that so many of these same faces ranted about defects. And now, here they are about to create the largest deficits this country has ever chosen. Our representatives have a choice: do they represent us and our interests? Or the corporations who are not people and the millionaires? I encourage our elected officials: Rep Jack Bergman and Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters to all vote this down, completely, and reconsider a bipartisan approach to a bipartisan problem. There is no doubt that tax reform is needed. Reform to the people who need it, not for the richest among us, which poling trillions in debt. Speak out, and loudly. Say no to the tax increases under consideration in Congress. Call and write your representatives. And demand that your interests be considered. Each of them, when sworn in to office, pledged to represent you. Remind them.

Kevin Chown