Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
In response to just one of the things that caused Philip Menne to be jubilant: taxes. He needs to understand that the extreme tax cuts will never “trickle down” to common people. The tax cuts were for the top 1%, most of which includes only 47 billionaires. To make up for the hundreds of millions of dollars these billionaires no longer contribute to pay for our roads, bridges, schools, military, post office and other daily necessities, we now have another fancy word for tax. It is called a tariff. A tariff is a sales tax that gets paid to the government by American citizens like Philip and is being used to make up for the taxes not currently being collected elsewhere.
Philip is paying the tax not being paid by 47 of the richest people in the country every time he pays more for nearly everything he buys. A can of soda costs more because we have a tariff on aluminum. Our farmers have lost the markets where they used to honestly sell their products and Philip is now paying for high-interest loans to farmers. This is called subsidies, which is a creative way to eventually have the government own every farm in America. If farmers can’t sell their crops to pay off those high-interest loans the government gave them to “help” them when tariffs on agriculture products left them without markets, the government owns the farm. The countries not buying from U.S. farmers are now buying those products from other countries like Russia.
The Trump-revised tax code allows teachers to deduct only $250 for all the supplies they buy for their classrooms, while wealthy businessmen can deduct the entire cost of a private jet.
Mr. Menne may be the only jubilant person I know by name. Most of the people I associate with are alarmed beyond belief.
Yvonne Esther Johnson