Letters to the Editor

Parker letter: Tax bills

Both the House and the Senate versions of the tax bill are appalling. Any compromise bill will be equally bad. Call your senators and representative to tell them not to vote for a bill that:

Gives $6 trillion away to the richest, and raises $4.5 trillion in taxes on lower and middle class citizens.

Makes student loan interest not deductible, and graduate education unaffordable.

Ends deductions for state and local taxes and casualty losses.

Caps your child tax credit at two kids.

Eliminates your deduction for medical expenses.

Eliminates the alternative minimum tax, so rich tax dodgers get away with it while you are stuck with the bill.

Cuts or eliminates estate taxes on huge estates, so trust fund babies can be born with two silver spoons in their mouths.

Blows a trillion-plus dollar hole in the deficit, triggering sequester cuts in Medicare.

Cuts corporate taxes almost in half for zero new jobs.

This can still be stopped if we put enough pressure on Congress while they try to reconcile the bills. Call now. Rep. Labrador (202) 225-6611; Sen. Risch (202) 224-2752; Sen. Crapo (202) 224-6142.

Nancy Parker, Caldwell