Community members are invited to attend a county sponsored public meeting on the Pilot Flying J truck terminal from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, in the Jemez Rooms at Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave. Come hear a short presentation on the project (proposed for location at the interchange of Interstate 25 and N.M. 14) and then share your thoughts and questions. If you have any questions about the meeting, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Santa Fe County
Road to misery
I am not a paranoid person or a fear monger. However, after learning of the details of the proposal and methods used in the House of Representatives to pass the “tax reform” proposal, I am appalled and dismayed that our leaders in Congress are willing to pass such heinous legislation, which focuses on robbing our citizens struggling with poverty.
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (www.cbpp.org), this bill not only will restructure taxes to favor the 1 percent rich; it will also strip low- and middle-income people of long-established tax credits and deductions. Even more horrific is the plan for this tax cut to cause a major national debt of $1.5 trillion, to be paid for by cutting the federal safety net for people in poverty. We need a strong nationwide protest to block this irresponsible, greedy and ruthless proposal. Everyone, please contact your senators and your friends to stand against it.
Not my tax bill
The tax code is a moral document. It shows our values through what we support. What are the values on display in these current tax proposals? Both House (passed) and Senate (under consideration) add $1.5 trillion to the debt and give huge advantages to the already wealthy and corporations. And what of middle- and low-income people? Their tax cuts are paltry or non-existent — and expire in eight years. Tax cuts for corporations are permanent. Further, the $1.5 trillion debt will be recouped down the road — almost certainly by savage cuts to Medicaid, food stamps, Medicare and other safety-net programs. And children? They lose out also. Some provisions purport to help families raise children (child tax credits), but they also are skewed to those making more money. In New Mexico alone, 53 percent of low-income families would receive less than the full child-tax credit increase. This is not my morality; these are not my values.
Gerry Fairbrother, Ph.D.
Lies and promises
Though tax policy, and the language in which it is legislated, is very complex, I have been trying to understand the fundamentals of the proposed tax reforms currently being considered in Congress. Here is my bottom-line analysis. The philosophy behind the bill is that the tax dollars of widows and orphans need to be retained by the wealthiest Americans and by hugely profitable corporations because they will use the money wisely and responsibly instead of squandering it on food, clothing or medical care. Should these wealthy private citizens and corporations find that they have too much cash on hand (for example, if they decide that they don’t need an eighth residence, or their CEO does not deserve a multimillion dollar bonus) then they can choose to redistribute their disposable funds.
In other words, there are entities who get real money, and the rest of us get promises. The beneficiaries of the tax legislation get direct deposit. For the rest of us, the check is in the mail.
I actively support income inequality. Those who deserve to be poor should be poor. Those who desire to be rich should be rich. That is what social justice would look like. Who deserves to be poor? Those who are lazy, refuse to work, abuse alcohol and drugs, mistreat others, destroy property, are unpleasant to be around, are their own worst enemy or create problems. Making those people poor is nature’s way of penalizing bad behavior. Bring on more poverty for such people.
Who deserves to be rich? All who make their money in a capitalist economy. Under capitalism, the more you contribute to society, the richer you get. The way to get rich is to make something others need. If society doesn’t want your product, then capitalism won’t reward you. Capitalism rewards the good guys and punishes the bad guys. The way to social justice is through unfettered free markets. I’m a middle-class voter and I support income inequality. Workers of the world, unite in support of income inequality.