To the Editor:

After years of caterwauling about the debt, Reps. Mike Bost, Rodney Davis, John Shimkus, and the GOP were given the keys to drive our national government. Instead of being fiscal conservatives though, they’ve spent the last year desperately trying to ram through deficit exploding tax cuts for their rich donors.

Let's be clear here: Cutting taxes for small businesses and middle class workers is good policy. Cutting their taxes would make our economy soar. If the GOP wanted to do such a thing, it would be good policy. But the bills under consideration don't do that, which is probably why only 25 percent of Americans support them.

Only 40 percent of Americans will pay less in taxes as a result of the bill the GOP House passed this week. Importantly, nearly every rich person, including President Trump, will see a large tax cut. 20 percent of Illinoisans would actually see a tax increase as a result of the GOP approach. Mike Bost, Rodney Davis, and John Shimkus think they can throw an extra $100 to a few key constituents and you won't notice they're opening up a $1.5 trillion hole in the deficit so their rich friends can feed at the trough of the US Treasury. Corporate profits are soaring and wages haven't gone up since disco. Does this make sense to anybody?

We've entered a new gilded age and every Republican that voted for this sham should be voted out of office, starting with Mike Bost, Rodney Davis, and John Shimkus.

Nate Keener

Alton

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