Trump’s tax plan draws harsh scrutiny

GOP places its bet on a goal that is not worth meeting

Re “Koch brothers see GOP ruin if tax bill fails” by Annie Linskey (Page A1, Oct. 15): The Koch brothers, and by extension the GOP, are more concerned about the party than about ill effects on the American people if they fail in their effort at tax reform — i.e., lower levies for rich people.

If we are unwilling to invest, through our tax dollars, in social supports for our neighbors; schools for our children; roads, bridges, and public transportation for all of us; professional government; and a safety net for the poor and elderly, who will? Don’t the people in our 240-year-old democratic experiment deserve this?

As we’ve seen in the failed Kansas experiment, the only thing that a tax cut will do in today’s economy is make the rich richer and leave everyone else fighting for scraps.

Edwin Andrews


A glimpse into the workings of our oligarchs


Annie Linskey’s article “Koch brothers see GOP ruin if tax bill fails” allows us to peer briefly into the lives of our oligarchs. It also makes us ask why Charles and David Koch, ranked the 11th and 12th richest people in the world, still seem so desperate to get richer. Is it their sense that the world of their fossil fuels might be ending? Or is it their fear that they might not be able to trust Trump, and that their oligarchic power can be threatened by his unpredictability?

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The more articles we can have like this, the more we the people might find the real power to stand up to the Kochs and their friends.

Sayre Sheldon


In politics, money talks — it’s time we responded

Reading the front page of the Globe this past week demonstrates the fragile state of our democracy — one that is currently being run by corporations.

The Oct. 15 article “Koch brothers see GOP ruin if tax bill fails” details how the Republican Congress is threatened if it does not pass a measure that will increase corporations’ bottom lines.

Then, on Oct. 17, Christopher Rowland’s article “Receive and consent” reports on how Mark Esper, Raytheon’s vice president for government relations, is being considered for secretary of the Army by the same senators to whom he has contributed $473,000 through his present position. The article asks: “How much good will does half a million dollars buy in Congress?”


Massive amounts of money are influencing our representatives and senators, taking away the American citizen’s “one person, one vote” constitutional right and turning it into one dollar, one vote.

Massachusetts has a ballot initiative campaign in favor of a 28th amendment that would overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. FEC ruling, which gave corporations the rights of human beings and made money equal to free speech. It’s time for us to take back our democracy.

Deborah Scarff


Whopping tax cuts will hit social programs hard

I’ll boil Jeffrey D. Sachs’s “15 questions about tax reform” (Opinion, Oct. 12) down to one: If you’re not wealthy, does the Trump-GOP tax reform framework help you?

Short-term answer: No.

Long-term answer: Hell no.


If you’re middle class, the reform plan is a wash. Maybe you’re fine with that, because cutting corporate tax rates and giving new tax breaks to your wealthiest neighbors is meant to grow the economy.

But even if you believe it’s all good times ahead, the times will never be good enough to pay the estimated $5.5 trillion tab these tax cuts ring up over 10 years.

And that’s when the GOP will remember that it hates a big deficit. That’s when the Republicans will come to cut basic assistance programs that help working families get health care, food, and housing; pay for college; and heat their homes.

It’s not a theory — $5.8 trillion in potential cuts are laid out in the current House and Senate budget resolutions. Even Medicare is set to lose billions.

So even if you believe corporations and millionaires deserve huge tax cuts, should the most vulnerable among us end up paying for them?

We have to show Congress that we can connect these dots.

Alison Hall