Dear Senator Corker,
I am very pleased that you have spoken out plainly about the danger posed by Donald Trump, a man who has sullied the office of president in countless ways. It isn't necessary to enumerate them here, since you already are well aware of them. Your words decrying this man bring me comfort and help restore my faith in politics.
This degenerate, megalomaniac and habitual liar is not only unworthy of the office, he is a clear and present danger to the country and to democracy itself. That being the case, he should be removed from office at once. Sad to say, that is not likely to happen, since so many of your colleagues in Congress apparently lack your courage. They are obviously more interested in their own job security than national security. I suspect a day of reckoning is at hand for these cowards.
While I welcome and applaud your words, I remain concerned by your deeds, that is to say, your votes. How could you – a Christian man of conscience, a man unencumbered by the need to get re-elected – how could you possibly have voted for a bill that denied basic health insurance to millions of your fellow Americans?
And now it appears you may vote for this so-called tax reform bill. Senator Corker, I simply don't understand why you haven't spoken out against this sham of a bill in the same way you've spoken out against this sham of a president. This bill is terrible in more ways than I can count, but allow me to point out a few of them.
This bill is projected to increase the deficit by more a trillion-and-a-half dollars, as even its proponents admit. They try to dodge that by claiming a growth rate of 4% or so will miraculously erase that deficit. But let's be honest – the actual deficit will very likely exceed even that frightening estimate by at least another trillion dollars. Anyone claiming to be a deficit hawk can't honestly support this bill.
On top of substantially increasing the deficit, this bill will add to the tax burden of those who can least afford it, while gifting those who don't need it. In fact, this bill is an unconscionable gift to the wealthiest Americans. There is simply no justification for the elimination of the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax. These measures are clearly a sop to the donor class, and tangentially a boon to those who depend on that class for campaign contributions.
Proponents falsely claim reducing the corporate rate from 35% to 20% will repatriate moneys stashed abroad, return jobs to the United Stares, and raise wages at home, but we both know it won't do any of those things. The truth is corporations are flush with cash already, and multi-nationals are not going to bring jobs back here unless labor costs are reduced to third-world levels.
Furthermore, anyone who's paying attention knows big corporations are not paying anywhere near the 35% book rate. Estimates range from 14% to 18%, and some corporations pay nothing at all. Real reform would plug loopholes and end that sort of corporate largess, but this bill does little or nothing to address that problem.
In the final analysis, this so-called tax reform is more of the same trickle-down economic theory Americans of modest means have been subjected to, in one guise or another, since the Eighties. One manifestation, Laffer/Kemp supply-side economics, was tested and failed. Indeed, George H.W. Bush, a wise Republican, called it out for what it was – Voodoo Economics.
That theory was tested again under George W. Bush – need I remind you of the disastrous consequences of that experiment? I trust you have no desire to see that terrible history repeated.
Sir, I have been around a long time, and I will acknowledge that tax cuts under President Kennedy did have a beneficial effect. But in every other instance since then they have failed – and failed miserably. The result has been the massive deficit you and I both fear and decry. I trust that as a wise, decent and courageous man, you will do the right thing and vote against this outrageous and dangerous bill.
In sum, I hear what you say, but I see what you do. And it isn't just me who's watching; it's the entire nation, including your children and grandchildren. And it's your God.
Tellico Plains, Tennessee