Letters to the Editor

Who will pay for tax plan?

President Donald Trump speaks at H&K Equipment Company during a visit to promote his tax and economic plan, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in Coraopolis, Pa.
President Donald Trump speaks at H&K Equipment Company during a visit to promote his tax and economic plan, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in Coraopolis, Pa. AP

It’s clear who will benefit from the new tax plan: the rich. What we’re hearing less about is who will pay the consequences — and that’s hardworking, low-income Americans.

This year we’ve already seen attempts to gut essential programs like Medicaid and SNAP (formerly food stamps). So after giving away $1.5 trillion in tax breaks to millionaires, those same critical programs will likely wind up back on the chopping block. With one in eight Americans below the poverty line, this is both bad public policy and just plain wrong.

We need to make clear to Congress that we won’t stand for any attempt to unravel anti-poverty programs.

Patricia DeLuca

Nokomis

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