The Newnan Times-Herald


Tax reform bill flies against Republican past

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Dec. 20, 2017 - 11:21 PM

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has certified that the current tax reform bill is a bad bill and does little if anything to assist the poor and middle class as it seeks to reform the U.S. Tax Code.

Virtually all accepted agencies that monitor legislation of this nature have indicators that reveal it as a certifiably horrible piece of Republican-written mish-mash that favors roughly 1,000 corporations and hardly any individuals.

Historically, GOP operatives and supporters have always, repeat always, held legislation up to the light of the heralded CBO score. Any legislation that increased deficit spending has historically been fought against tooth and nail by Republican lawmakers.

The current increase in the national debt would be an extra 1-1/2 trillion dollars. I hear nobody.

Yet amazingly at this juncture in our always great national history, Republicans and the right-wing media are turning against themselves in an effort to support and explain a president and a majority Congress that cannot be sufficiently explained nor responsibly be supported as they seek unabashedly to saddle present and future generations with their personal campaign kick-back schemes and promises to foreign stockholders and contributors.

In our great historical past, men of immense wealth have voluntarily stepped to the financial plate of patriotism and have freely given of their treasure and resources to a nation facing increasing peril from world-wide threats, Russian political interference, international and homegrown terrorists, to say nothing of emboldened white supremacist terrorists and nationalists seeking to take us all backwards. 

Couple that with an apparently incompetent, incapable, dysfunctional White House and a Congress that refuses to hear the cries of its own majority populace; the Second Amendment right to bear arms against an oppressive and irresponsible government suddenly takes on a new meaning.

Our legislators and commander-in-chief need help in not being able to see that the top 2 percent do not need the assistance of the poor and middle class to grow and protect their financial prowess through convoluted legislation. 

All voters, men and women of good conscience, Evangelicals and anyone who has decency and love for the “least of them” are commanded by their Creator to step up and demand that this extortionist corporate welfare bill be resisted, denied and defeated at all costs.

If you love this nation and have any patriotic pride, fiscal responsibility,  personal integrity or reverent fear of God, it is such a time as this that we need to stand up, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all – being heard, being counted and not being turned back.

Al Smith