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Rooney has compromised principles for politics

By Staff | Jan 10, 2018

To the editor:

Yes I am willing to help pay for roads, for schools, for public sewers systems, for public water systems, for hospitals, for mass transit, for the upgrades and expansion of power grids, of railroads, of ocean ports, of airports. Yes I am definitely a firm believer in taxation with a purpose.

Congressman Francis Rooney, you have just voted on the Tax Reform Bill that will increase the national debt by about $1.5 trillion. You voted to decrease the very wealthy earners’ tax brackets. You voted to slash the corporate tax brackets from 36 down to 21 percent. You voted to repeal an important part of the Affordable Health Care law – the requirement that all Americans carry health insurance or face a penalty. About 13 million Americans will be without health insurance. However, your health care via Congress is absolutely stunning so you have nothing to worry about concerning your own health insurance coverage.

Congressman Francis Rooney, do you think for an instant that corporations like Boeing, Amazon, Caterpillar, John Deere, Google, Verizon, Wells Fargo or billionaires like Murdock Rupert, Paul Allen, Robert Bigelow, the Koch brothers, the Trump and Kushner families will actually send money to fix the streets or to update the sewer systems and public water systems or build a new school in Cape Coral? In the real world, the economic trickledown theory does not work. The corporations will not raise their employee salaries. They will however show huge gains on their annual balance sheets and they will increase the bonuses to their executives and upgrade their corporate jets.

On a side note, I find it interesting that you voted to start oil drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. I am not sure of the correlation between oil drilling and tax reform. Maybe the deal you worked out between Rex Tillerson and his Exxon cronies will come to light in the future.

I never did discuss in this letter anything about how the lower and middle class taxpayers will be helped by this tax reform law. Was that an oversight on your part not to address this issue in this tax bill? Interesting!!.

Congressman Francis Rooney, you have compromised many principles during your short political career in Congress. Your current voting record reminds me of a slime trail of a drunken slug.

It is my sincere hope that in your next reelection cycle to Congress that you become unelected – FOREVER!!

Earl W. Burt

Bremerton, WA