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LaMalfa: conservative when convenient

Finally! After years of dysfunction and abysmal public approval lawmakers passed a $1.1 trillion budget and a $680 billion tax ”relief” package. This shows just how easily a fractious legislature can seem functional when it comes to spending money. Cooperation is expensive.

Who benefits from this bipartisan borrowing spree? The permanent and extended tax breaks for business and individuals mean almost everyone is a winner. Why not? It’s an election year.

Rep. Doug LaMalfa voted “no” on the appropriation bill stating, “The federal debt has reached astounding levels.” Yes, $13.8 trillion is astounding! But even more astounding is LaMalfa’s vote for the tax package. He extols the virtues of the $17 billon individual tax benefits but there is no mention of the $62.6 billon in lost revenue from the business provisions. There is no reference to the 54 words added by gambling preserving a costly loophole,adding $1.06 billion. In this cycle the $30,000.00 LaMalfa received from gambling outpaces all donors including agriculture.

You don’t have to be an economist to figure out ignoring the revenue side doesn’t make sense. Obviously, LaMalfa is conservative only when it is convenient.

Wanda Burleson


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