Letters: Tax breaks worsen deficit

Johnson City Press • Aug 2, 2019 at 6:00 AM

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Tax breaks worsen deficit

In Sen. Lamar Alexander's recent newsletter, he states, “The problem (with our national deficit) is mandatory spending on entitlements, including Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid."

What he fails to mention is that the 2018 tax reform bill has been a miserable failure, doing little, if anything, to stimulate the economy, while leaving the country with ever-mounting debt for our children and grandchildren to pay. Now he wants to place all the budget blame on the social safety net.

Do you want to strip your grandma of her medical care and her meager Social Security income and leave your children with no social safety net just so the richest of the rich in our country can have a few extra tens of millions in their bank account?

Yes, we need to get a grip on the cost of medical care in this country and to Senator Alexander's credit he has been putting some effort into nibbling around the edges of that problem. However, he is also party to killing the one bill that has done the most to try to contain those costs with no plan in sight to replace it.


Your children are watching

Fifty years ago, 600 million people watched as men walked on the moon. It was the greatest unifying event of the 20th century. The Earth was finally seen as a whole — no boundaries, countries or divisions.

Today, many of us wonder how in the world we got to a place of such division, hatred, bigotry and fear. We elected a president who revels in whipping up angry crowds, chanting, "Send her back!" or, "Lock her up!" In Charlottesville, we had chants of, "the Jews will not replace us!" Locally, a college student wears a gorilla mask and ties bananas with a rope resembling a noose and offers them to demonstrating students. His lawyer says we can't assume racism. Images come to mind of Joseph Goebbels and his chanting crowds of Germans wanting a “Juden frei Deutschland.” Many Germans laughed off Adolph Hitler and the Nazis and didn't take them seriously … until it was too late.

Fewer and fewer WWII veterans remain with us as we recently commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day when so many young men lost their lives in the fight against global tyranny. We wonder if those who are left think, "Is this the country I fought for?”

Is this the country we want to leave to our children? They are watching us and learning every day. Americans must show them who we truly are, otherwise the Statue of Liberty should be dismantled and put in a museum basement somewhere until we can live up to the principles on which this country was founded.

"All that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)

We are so much better than this.


Not representing Tennessee

It's difficult to write an opinion in this time of the current president without devolving into the same rage and name-calling he generates. His obvious lack of knowledge about the founding of our country, the function of our government and the office he holds is astounding. But what is more disturbing and maddening is that our own representative goes along with it.

Tell me Mr. Roe, what is difficult about standing up for human decency and voting to condemn the racist remarks spewed by your president about your colleagues? Frankly, it should have been the easiest vote you ever made.

William Sloane Jr., a Presbyterian minister, said "diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without." We must stand up for and with our brothers and sisters of color, our LGBTQ communities, those who practice a religion different from your own or none at all!

Forget that the world is watching. Our children are watching! Is this really the example you want them to see? That it's OK to hate those who look different, sound different or worship differently than you do? Surely the people of Tennessee know this is not who we are or want to be.


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