“Your opinions sought, valued” (Dec. 29) is spot-on regarding the views and anxieties of North Carolinians in general. Personally, I feel that none of our representatives and senators, both in Raleigh or in Washington are listening to the voices of the entire state. I have not seen or heard state Sen. Phil Berger or state House Speaker Tim Moore ever addressing issues of our concern, except making draconian laws that affect most of us.
I had written to both Sen. Thom Tillis and Sen. Richard Burr regarding their roles in the federal government, and have received boiler-plate answers. My understanding of a lawmaker is that, even when he or she gets elected by a partisan (gerrymandered) district, he or she is competent to see the benefits of legislation to the majority of the population (who voted or not), rather than to the selected few who voted for them.
When representing the people of the state, personal beliefs and dogmas should be left at home. A General Assembly must truly represent the general public and not an artificially closeted entity.
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Repeal and replace
I believe that Congress must repeal the Tax Cut and Jobs Act and replace it with tax reform that’s progressive. We had our best economy in our history in the age of a progressive tax policy and had far less inequality. What was just passed favors large corporations and the wealthiest among us. Studies have said this plan will explode the deficit by $1.5 trillion.
We are also told we need to focus on debt and spending a code for we need to privatize Social Security and Medicare. I believe there is a better way which will benefit all the people but will mostly focus on the middle class, the working poor and the poor. We need a progressive tax policy that has many brackets with the highest brackets targeting the multi-millionaires and the the billionaires. We need to focus on revenue collection that will allow us to invest in education, universal health care in the form of Medicare for All and infrastructure .
Investing $1.5 trillion, equal to what the experts say will be the deficit created by the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, in infrastructure will create millions of high-paying jobs which will produce a multiplier effect and enable us to invest in the things that will lead to far less inequality and once again give all in this country the chance to realize the American dream through greater economic and social mobility.