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Jay Egan

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March 13, 2014
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Let's consider closing tax loopholes on corporations

Teapublicans, please help me out here. In the latest Congressional stalemate, Republicans have balked (yet another filibuster!) at extending unemployment benefits but said that they would do so if they are paid for.

So, how about this:

During their campaign, Romney and Ryan gave lip service to closing tax loopholes in lieu of raising taxes. These loopholes mostly benefit richer businesses and folks who don’t need them.

How about closing just a small sliver of a corporate tax loophole, which would more than pay for extended unemployment benefits?

Closing loopholes could pay for a lot more, as well. Turns out two of the top five most profitable corporations in the world are oil companies.

Do they really need their generous tax breaks to survive? (Exxon-Mobil alone got $4 billion in tax breaks in 2012.)

And while we’re at it, answer me this: Why is it that virtually the entire Republican agenda for budget cuts and other issues seems to target only the poor, e.g., minimum wage, food stamps, early childhood education, aforementioned unemployment benefits, health insurance and Social Security cuts, not to mention voting rights suppression and immigration reform, to name a few?

I’ve never heard of a single Teapublican suggestion or solution that touches the excess millions and billions of dollars earned by the top 10 percent of the country’s wealthiest. Am I missing something here? Please advise (it seems all too obvious to me).

I wonder if Teapublicans realize how the Koch brothers et al., have usurped well-meaning Tea Party ideals to their own ends. These billionaires are further to the right than you (average moderate Republicans) are. Do you think they give a darn for the poor, the immigrants, the uninsured?

All they want to protect is their bottom line — lower taxes, lower taxes and lower taxes. Do you, “mainstream” Republicans, relate to these power-grabbing billionaires? Do you realize who is calling the shots here in the name of your Tea Party?

Doug LaMalfa is our local representative, never wavering from the hardcore Teapublican line (check his background, comparing what he votes for and what government benefits he receives). Vote for Heidi Hall.

Jay Egan lives in Grass Valley.

I’ve never heard of a single Teapublican suggestion or solution that touches the excess millions and billions of dollars earned by ... the country’s wealthiest.

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