When I think of how the new tax bill is being sold to the public, it reminds me of my years in Liberia, under President William Tubman. Tubman was dearly loved by the poorest in the country, which actually didn’t make any sense at all. But, needy citizens would come to his office for financial help – for a funeral, a wedding, or just hard times. He would gladly oblige with a gift of up to $500. In fact, he had envelopes marked with various amounts of money already prepared to distribute.
Yet he neglected to support job growth so these poor citizens could afford basic expenses from their own work and not depend on his “generosity.”
The way the new tax bill is framed has some similarities to my experience in Liberia – deceiving the low and middle classes by giving with the right hand (estimates of $2,000 on average per family), but taking away more with the left – much more than $2,000 when considering health insurance, the crumbling infrastructure, the national debt, etc.
The country is being duped by President Trump and our Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Please wake up before it is too late.