New tax cut would hurt mid­dle class and poor

The Mercury News Weekend - - OPINION -

Re: “White House of­fi­cials dis­cuss more mod­est sym­bolic tax vote” (Page A4, Oct. 24):

Trump’s plan to ask for a new tax re­duc­tion “for the mid­dle class” via a last minute bud­get res­o­lu­tion is a bla­tant and unashamedly po­lit­i­cal at­tempt to buy votes be­fore the midterm elec­tions.

It cer­tainly won’t be ap­proved un­til af­ter the midterms, if ever. If it passes, it will fur­ther in­crease the deficit and of­fer only small re­lief to the mid­dle class, if any. And it will put fur­ther pres­sure to­ward the in­sane Re­pub­li­can plan to cut or cur­tail So­cial Se­cu­rity, Medi­care and Med­ic­aid. So any small ben­e­fits of tax re­lief will be vastly over­shad­owed by the ex­tra costs peo­ple would soon in­cur. And who will be hurt the most? Well, the mid­dle class and the poor.

Yet an­other aw­ful pol­icy from an aw­ful ad­min­is­tra­tion. Peo­ple bet­ter think hard about the con­se­quences be­fore they cast votes that will con­tinue the Se­nate and Congress Re­pub­li­can ma­jor­ity. — Martin Griss, Moun­tain View

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