Dis­ap­pointed in law­mak­ers

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Dear ed­i­tor:

With the re­cent tax re­form bill mired in Congress, I would like to ex­press my dis­ap­point­ment in Rep. Bruce Wester­man and Sen. Tom Cot­ton. Once again, they seem un­able to ful­fill cam­paign prom­ises (deficit re­duc­tion, tax re­form, im­mi­gra­tion re­form, etc.).

My fam­ily owns nu­mer­ous suc­cess­ful busi­nesses and when we have an em­ployee who can’t get their job done, they are re­placed. That’s the way it is sup­posed to work and these two aren’t get­ting it done.

First, while the pro­posed bill does in­clude nu­mer­ous tax cuts for wealthy fam­i­lies like ours, it doesn’t go far enough, and they are elim­i­nat­ing (if passed) a num­ber of cru­cial tax ex­emp­tions and loop­holes that al­low larger de­duc­tions, which will hurt the more af­flu­ent. It’s not fair to pe­nal­ize peo­ple who have worked harder, are more in­tel­li­gent and sub­se­quently more suc­cess­ful.

Sec­ond, ac­cord­ing to our ac­coun­tants, the mid­dle class will not re­ceive much of a break at all, and what lit­tle they will ends or is de­creased in up­com­ing years. These are our em­ploy­ees and we are not go­ing to do or sup­port any­thing that hurts peo­ple who are will­ing to work.

The peo­ple who need to be taxed are the ones pay­ing noth­ing — the ones who don’t want to work, but in­stead live off so­cial pro­grams such as wel­fare, food stamps, free school lunch, dis­abil­ity, un­em­ploy­ment and the like. These are the in­di­vid­u­als reap­ing the ben­e­fits of per­sons like my­self and my fam­ily, and con­tribut­ing noth­ing to so­ci­ety or our coun­try. Both Cot­ton and Wester­man in­sin­u­ated dur­ing their cam­paigns they would make dras­tic cuts or move to­ward the elim­i­nate of said pro­grams.

Again, they are promis­ing and not de­liv­er­ing, and my fam­ily, who con­trib­uted to both their cam­paigns, and our em­ploy­ees, who were strongly en­cour­aged to vote for both, are be­ing be­trayed.

In 2018, we’ll be look­ing for a can­di­date who can de­liver what they prom­ise. May be tough to find, but these two won’t be an op­tion, short of a mirac­u­lous turn around in per­for­mance. Ash­ton Miller III Hot Springs

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