Let Washington hear you

During this Thanksgiving season, I am thankful to live at this time in this wonderful country. We are blessed with natural resources, two broad oceans to protect us, and we live in a democracy. The Declaration of Independence gives us a “Government deriving its just powers by the consent of the governed.” If we do not like what the government is doing, it is our right and responsibility to remove our consent and tell them what we want.

The News and Sentinel described details of the proposed tax cuts on Sunday, Nov. 19 and Tuesday, Nov. 21, and I expect many more articles.

After years of hearing that Government deficits will hurt the economy and penalize our children and grandchildren, it is suddenly okay to add another trillion and a half dollars to the national debt, bring it to ninety percent of GDP. According to an email ad, former head of the US Fed, Alan Greenspan, put it simply “Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth.” If we the governed decide to take on a trillion and the half dollars of debt, I can think of any number of better ways to spend it than on huge tax cuts for corporations and the very rich. To be very effective and equitable, the tax cut should be very flat: each taxpayer receiving the same dollar amount. This would be a “trickle up tax cut.”

Instead tax cuts are combined with healthcare cuts so that 13 million Americans will lose health insurance and the cost of healthcare will actually increase. The deficits will lead to reductions in Medicare and Social Security. Repeal of federal deductions for state and local taxes will hit people in high-tax states. The inheritance tax exemption for the rich is doubled and may be eliminated. The tax cuts for businesses are permanent. The tax cuts for individuals are temporary meaning individual tax rates are scheduled to increase.

The negotiations are being done behind closed doors and the final bill is expected to be passed within hours of the draft being completed. No public hearing to consider the effects of the bill are allowed. Even those voting on the bill will not have time to understand it or even read it.

It is our responsibility as the governed to write letters, phone our representatives and senators, or use social media to tell them, “We do not consent to be governed in this matter.”

Warren Peascoe