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Walden is wrong on tax reform

Rep. Greg Walden, you are wrong about this tax-reform law, and your newsletter sent recently to fellow Oregonians proves this.

Going into debt to fund tax benefits is not the right decision for you to make at all. And our other representatives from Oregon agree with me, as do many others.

“Trickle-down economics” does not work, and we all know that. In fact if this “theory” worked, we would all be quite well off right now. We need government funds that are stable to create jobs. We need a taxation system that is fairer and taxes the rich at a higher percentage as in the Republican Eisenhower years. We need a government that can afford to repair our crumbling infrastructure and educate our children for well-paying jobs in the future. The train wreck in Washington state this last week is a good example of what we are headed for with your misguided theories.

We should not cut government funds or put our government in debt without a purpose. Government is the one organization that can help us provide a stronger America, with universal health care at affordable prices like other developed nations. You are not showing good judgment, and I would not be surprised if you were removed from office.

Anne Nesse

Gresham

Exemptions should stay

In his pitch for the new tax bill, Rep. Greg Walden is quick to tout the legislation’s doubling of the standard deduction (“Tax reform offers relief to Oregon’s middle class,” The Bulletin, Dec. 21).

However, he neglects to mention that the tax bill also eliminates personal exemptions. If you do the math, you’ll soon find out that doing away with personal exemptions greatly dilutes — and in some cases, more than wipes out — the benefit of doubling the standard deduction. Although this legislative sleight of hand will affect us all, the trade-off is particularly onerous for a family with children, and the more dependents you have, the greater the loss you’ll experience.

Tax bills by their nature sometimes involve trade-offs, and that’s understandable. What I find objectionable is Walden’s eagerness to spin only the goodies in the bill, while not telling us that those very same provisions will be rendered much less beneficial by other parts of the bill. And of course, he makes no mention of the fact that the bill is projected to add at least $1 trillion more to the national debt over the next 10 years, even with the benefits for individual taxpayers — but not corporations — set to disappear after 2025.

Karen Berky

Bend

GOP lacks integrity

Now is a very disturbing time in America. Neither crooks nor the corrupt care, but integrity is something most of us value. Without integrity, which can be assessed many ways, one cannot be trusted. For politicians, a good measure is to evaluate whether they do what they promised, whether they serve themselves and special interests or serve their constituents and whether they accept evidence when it indicates their opinions are based on misinformation.

There can be no doubt, since they have readily admitted it, that the occupants of this White House don’t have, and don’t care about, integrity. Repeatedly, they tell us they make up their own facts to justify opinions and proposals — and then they call contrary evidence-based information “fake.”

Major problems result when we elect representatives who lack integrity and their equally hypocritical colleagues protect them. In Trump’s case, serious political scrutiny is avoided because the congressional GOP doesn’t have integrity enough to reject Trump’s idiotic and unsupportable nonsense or his ignorant, unqualified nominees. And so, with Trump supporters blindly accepting this nonsense, insanity and corruption continue.

When confronted with individuals lacking integrity, rational debate is impossible since they reject known science or simply make up their own supporting evidence. Middle ground cannot be found.

Trisha Vigil

Medford

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