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An Open Letter to Congressman Tom Reed-Vote "NO" on the Tax Bill

Submitted by Robin Messing on Mon, 11/27/2017 - 10:37am

Life is unfair. Some babies are born to billionaires and will never have to worry about working for food and shelter for the rest of their lives. Others are born into grinding poverty and may be homeless or unable to obtain enough food or medical care. The tax reform bill under consideration will increase the unfairness of the system by eliminating the estate tax. As you know, eliminating the estate tax benefits only those with estates worth over $5.49 million for a single person or $10.98 million for a couple.  Why would you want to make life more unfair than it already is?

In addition, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the House tax plan will run up over $1.7 trillion to the deficit over the next decade. Where will that money come from? It is obvious that this tax plan is just a prelude to future cuts in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.  This will hit the most vulnerable the hardest and further increase the unfairness of the system.

Finally, the House tax bill reduces the amount that taxpayers will be able to deduct for state and local taxes.  This will disproportionately hurt New Yorkers since we are a high tax state. That is why 7 of your 8 fellow GOP Representatives from New York refused to vote for the House version of the bill. (The Senate version is even worse--it completely eliminates  the amount that taxpayers can deduct for state and local taxes.)

I therefore urge you to vote "No" on the tax bill.