OPINION: MacArthur – Wrong for New Jersey

Letter to the editor, by Kevin Kennedy of Waretown, New Jersey

Congressman Tom MacArthur is still defending the Republican tax plan. He says that the bill is “still good for families in New Jersey”–but independent analyses show that middle-income New Jersey taxpayers would be among the big losers if the bill passes. He says his financial models prove that “most” taxpayers in the state will save money–but he refuses to share his data or the models. (Maybe they’re the same pixie dust-sprinkled ones that Treasury Secretary used for his one-page analysis that says magical things will happen–remember the $4,000 everyone would get?)

He says he was initially against the estate tax repeal–but he “took one for the team,” I guess, saving his heirs about $20 million. He shows up for photo ops with veterans–but his bill repeals the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which helps unemployed vets get jobs. He decries the lack of cooperation from Democrats on the tax bill–but never stuck his neck out to demand the inclusion of the other side of the aisle in the bill’s negotiations.

Got a large medical expense? Sorry, can’t deduct it–have to pay for the corporate tax rate reduction! Got a catastrophic loss on your property (from another Superstorm Sandy)? Sorry, can’t deduct it–have to cover the future cuts to Medicare!

MacArthur’s loyalty to the Republican Rip-Off and to Trump may work for him now, but it’s at the expense of his constituents and his state.

Editor’s note: The opinions in this letter are those of the author only.

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