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Letter: Can’t support Walden, or GOP tax plan

Published on December 28, 2017 6:00PM

Last changed on December 28, 2017 8:08PM

The recent passage of the GOP tax pcam, heralded by our own Congressman Greg Walden, is really a plan to appease corporate and filthy rich donors even though it is reported to increase the deficit by $1.46 trillion and throw millions off health insurance.

With the puppet strings attached to those donors for their financial support, we cannot believe that U.S. Rep. Walden is really concerned about the middle class or his Oregon constituents. It appears that Rep. Walden has become so comfortable selling out to the Washington special interest lobbyists that he has accepted his role of being one of the major puppets in this tax scam tragedy of epic proportions.

The tax scam isn’t really about “tax relief” with a purported benefit of saving $1,300 a year ($108 per month) for a family of four, it is a tragedy about a tax scam that is designed to destroy our health care, our education system, the middle class and our democracy as we know it.

To top it all, the tax scam tragedy is also tied to a means to profit off destroying our planet. Allowing “an environmentally responsible oil and gas program” in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and “boosting American energy production” is all tied to the constant rollback of regulations that were designed to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the lands we love.

To pay for this selling out to the filthy rich and corporations with a debunked trickle-down economics theory is not new. It has been tried before. It didn’t work then and it won’t work now no matter how good the actors — Greg Walden and all the other Republicans — are at playing their roles.

Greg Walden and the rest shoved this tax plan through Congress with the long-term results that everyone of us will be paying the price for this tragic scheme. The short-term “advantages” will cost the middle class the most, but because Rep. Walden has sold his vote, he will pay when he is voted out in November 2018.

Beverly Sherrill

The Dalles


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