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Letter to the editor: Ignoring constituents

January 4, 2018

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To the editor:

A letter to my representatives (Rep. Lynn Jenkins, Sen. Jerry Moran, Sen. Pat Roberts):

How dare you give tax cuts to the rich only to turn around and say you don’t have the money for children’s health care? Deplorable. I’m not sure why I bother to continue writing you. You clearly don’t care what I believe in.

America is no longer a democracy. When representatives do what they want instead of listening to their constituents, democracy dies. And that’s what’s happened. I’m not sure what I’d call what it’s been replaced with; I’m not an expert. All I know is that our government is failing us.

In case I was too subtle, I’ll rephrase: You’re failing us. You have about a year before I’ll go to my precinct and fill out a ballot. I hope you spend it changing my mind, but I doubt you will do that — or even read this.

This won’t be the last letter I send. As much as I want to, I refuse to give up, because I deserve to have my voice heard, especially by those elected to make decisions that affect my life directly.

Do right by me. Do right by us. Do right by your conscience.

Comments

Steve Jacob 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Those elected officials where elected by a majority of Kansans to cut taxes and spending. Democracy works, majority rules. If they went against what the majority of voters wanted they would be voted out.

P Allen Macfarlane 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Yes, and we generally get what we deserve in our leaders, for example the current governor and his cronies in the legislature.

Bob Smith 5 months, 2 weeks ago

K, about 80% of Americans who pay taxes will get a break under the new law. We're not all rich people. But, don't let reality get in the way of a good rant.

Steve Jacob 5 months, 2 weeks ago

I don't agree with Bob much, but he is right. But...of course business are the biggest benefactors of the cuts, and adds a least 1.5 Trillion to the debt over the next 10 years, AND the tax cuts to individuals are not permanent, unlike the corporate tax cuts.

Bob Smith 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Now you're concerned about the national debt?

P Allen Macfarlane 5 months, 2 weeks ago

The proof will be in the pudding as thy say when we all file our 2018 taxes in 2019.

Gary Stussie 5 months, 2 weeks ago

The number of companies offering employee bonuses, pay hikes, and increases in benefits in reaction to President Trump’s December tax reform victory is now over 100, with thousands of workers impacted and charities too.

Washington Examiner 5JAN18 "Every announcement of another company raising wages, hiring, paying bonuses, investing in America is another nail in the coffin of the Democrat attacks on the Republican tax cut. This drip, drip, drip is added to the daily reports on stock market gains, the bigger checks in pay envelopes and the jump in your 401K and IRA."

Richard Neuschafer 5 months, 1 week ago

100 companies? Where do you get this garbage? You appear to be just a programmed robot parroting back hot air from bad sources.

Gary Stussie 5 months, 1 week ago

https://www.atr.org/tax-reform-already-working-att-awards-1000-special-bonuses-200000-employees ...one of several sources.

"programmed robot" ... the most successful, educated and traveled robot you will ever run in to! Go back to your video games.

Gary Stussie 5 months, 2 weeks ago

“The corporate tax breaks are permanent —but individuals have to settle for temporary tax cuts.”

Steve knows this is nonsense. Republicans did not actually want to see the tax cut expire. The expiration date is a reflection of the fact that Democrats made it clear that they would not support the Republican bill under any conceivable circumstances. As a consequence of this partisan obstruction, Republicans needed to pass the bill in the Senate with only Republican votes.

To pass the bill with the slim Republican majority, Republicans had to make it comply with byzantine budget rules that forbid legislation from adding to the debt beyond a ten-year threshold. So by scheduling some tax cuts to expire before that, they made passing the bill a possibility.

As a practical matter, this makes little difference. If Congress is in a tax raising mood in 2025, taxes will be likely to increase. If not, the tax cuts will likely be extended.

ZERO Democratic votes for tax cut ... remember that when mid-terms come around!

Ken Lassman 5 months, 1 week ago

And because I don't think you really understand why the Dems voted against it, I'll ask YOU to explain why they voted against it. Your answer will tell me whether you are really listening to both sides of this debate or are just a mouthpiece for one side, helping only to further widen the all-too-partisan divide.

Gary Stussie 5 months, 1 week ago

Beyond pure obstructionism, actual rationale was best summed up by Center for American Progress ... "If any legislation cuts taxes for corporations or the wealthiest Americans by even $1, lawmakers should vote no,"

You, and your fellow echo chamber friends, don't seem to understand that the business "engine" needs to run well if we hope to be able to take care of all those that can't/won't take care of themselves.

Obama's tax plan also wanted to lower corporate taxes however he intended to completely off-set those savings by closing off business loopholes. Obama and his team had no concept of business or economics. You know how many time Krugman has been proven wrong?

First year of Trump presidency, the Dow set record highs, more Americans are going back to work and two million people came off food stamps. And even more impressive — the black unemployment rate is at an all-time low.

IRS will have website that will allow taxpayers to input generic 2018 key tax return elements to see how they will fair in 2019 under new rules ... big problems for somebody in the mid-terms! Any guesses who?

Ken Lassman 5 months, 1 week ago

Well, thanks for confirming my suspicion that you really don't have a clue about the main beef of Democrats: this legislation was shoved through the gates with nary a glance at its content, with no hearings, with no time for a CBO audit, with a process that demanded split second responses with no discussion with constituents in the districts, let alone with the duly elected Senators and representatives from across the aisle.

Over and over I heard Democrats saying that they were not against tax reform and that there were things that could be done to improve the business climate for stimulating economic investment and job creation. But they also said that there was no reason to craft tax reform legislation without legitimate hearings on the matter, that there was no reason that such reforms needed to be done without educating the public, without checking the legislation over enough to better understand the implications, to make sure that the language was examined to expunge questionable sweetheart insider deals that picks winners and losers.

The Republicans howled over the partisan nature of the Affordable Care Act, and they withheld every vote of approval and as a result there was absolutely no buy in and only continuous opposition without the least interest in reforming the legislation. But the tax reform legislation takes such one sidedness to a whole new level of One Party Statism when the party in power didn't have to do so. The economy has been humming along if not spectacularly, at least not teetering on the brink or over the brink like the Bush Administration handed it over. So there was no compelling reason to shove through the package in the manner that the Republicans did.

Senator Doug Jones won in Alabama at least partly because he didn't insult the Republican mainstream and showed a determined intent to work in a bipartisan manner when he gets to Washington. If the Dems line up behind this philosophy, then they will have even more success in the fall because Americans are ready to work with each other even when they are different from each other.

Republicans have positioned themselves to do just the opposite, and I hope that they either wake up or are further marginalized if they can't start being more like Dole and less like Bannon.

Greg Cooper 5 months, 1 week ago

Gary, the fact remains that the tax cut for nearly everyone is scheduled to reduce over ten years. Ignoring that little tidbit (if Congress is in a tax raising mood, my foot) is tantamount to not caring that the tax "reform" package is nothing but a tremendous gift to the wealthy. I'm not against wealth, for heaven's sake, but against the deck being stacked against those who are not. There was NO attempt to bring the parties together in this bill, no attempt to listen to any opposing or modifying opinion. You can blame the Dems if you like, but the fact is that this bill is not a unilateral tax cut in the real sense and is aimed at keeping the wealthy wealthy and the middle class in a state of suspension. That is not representative governmental action but a selfish, money driven sop to those who need it least.

Following the 'Byzantine" rules that they did is a perfect explanation of how this bill passed, Gary. It had nothing to do with building wealth, ignored the deficit bloom that will result, and everything to do with passing a bill at all costs simply to uphold the Regressive agenda. There is nothing that makes this "tax cut" affirmative for the vast majority of Americans. As a practical matter, as you succinctly put it.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Totally amazes me the conservatives who are all for making sure every fetus is born, then they could care less.

Josh Berg 5 months, 1 week ago

Yeah putting money into the pockets of millions of Americans. How dare them?

P Allen Macfarlane 5 months, 1 week ago

Maybe a few dollars, but it won't last since it expires in less than 10 years. Your statement would be more accurate if you applied it to corporations and the rich.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 5 months, 1 week ago

But Josh worships the rich and wants to give them more money, because he just knows they will share.

Josh Berg 5 months, 1 week ago

They do share with me and other people I know. You cannot sit here in your liberal bubble and complain about the corporations then expect them to come seek you out to share their wealth. There are opportunities out there but you choose to sit here and complain on here. If you want these corporations to share then go out and get your share. Show some ambition. Your utopian world where nobody is rich and everyone voluntarily shares their wealth to people who sit at home and do nothing is disgusting. Also, may I ask how much your business has shared?

Richard Neuschafer 5 months, 1 week ago

Your extreme bias is showing yet again. Just more propaganda.

Gary Stussie 5 months, 1 week ago

“It is easy to be conspicuously 'compassionate' if others are being forced to pay the cost.” ― Murray N. Rothbard

Richard Heckler 5 months, 1 week ago

The GOP has become home to radical right wing extremists who effectively own the party name = RINO's.

The GOP has become home for radical right wing extremists that which do own the party name = RINO's .

RINO's are a threat to the economy,democracy and foreign policy !

Donald Trump is a RINO and has always been a RINO. The Koch Boys are RINOS and have always been RINO’s like their father .

RINO”S through lies and deceptions now own the GOP name which means a tiny minority have taken over Washington DC pretending to represent the majority. What a lie.

Paul Ryan is a RINO.

RINO Republicans Hate Voters. RINOS” are libertarians and fundamentalists These RINO’s hate women more. RINO’s want to steal our retirement funds and lower wages across the board.

--- RINO Republican politicians which are radical extreme are on a 24/7 schedule to suppress your right to vote. Which likely guarantees them election.

--- The Radical RINO Republican Party have this voter suppression tactic down to a science which is to say they know exactly how many suppressed votes are necessary to win. Do NOT under estimate.

--- How many voters have RINO radical republican conservatives purged thus far?

--- Surely we don't believe RINO conservatives have stopped breaking the law.

Voters ORGANIZING A VOTING DAY PACKET might be a preventive measure which could include:

--- a birth certificate

--- a drivers license or state ID card

--- proof of voter registration etc etc etc.

--- --- Military Discharge Papers

--- Keep this packet close to protect your right to vote

Do it today in case it is discovered one or more of the above cannot be found. None of these are difficult to replace. But will take time.

Bob Smith 5 months, 1 week ago

Richard, what do you think gives you the right to determine who is or isn't a true Republican? You are about as far to the left as you can get without falling off the field.

Richard Neuschafer 5 months, 1 week ago

I agree with you, Richard. Just wanted to add that other right-wing extremist billionaire families are doing the same thing in other states using the Koch model. The Coors family is funding a "Policy Institute" in Colorado. The Ricketts family is funding a "Policy Institute" in Nebraska. The Mercer family is funding a "Policy Institute" in Illinois. And they are in every state now.

Gary Stussie 5 months, 1 week ago

Richard ... you know what a "one trick pony" is?

Steve King 5 months, 1 week ago

80% of stocks are owned by the top 1%. ATT gave some bonuses then laid off 1,000 people. Trump said on TV the tax plan would cost him money. He said no tax cuts for the rich. I'd call that a lie. 87% of the tax cuts goes to the top 1%. SS and Medicare are next on the chopping block. He lied again...

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