In an Op. Ed., slated to appear in print on Sunday, Aug. 17 in the Elmira Star-Gazette, Tom Reed tells us this:
- Each year, families and small business find themselves collectively spending more than 6 billion hours and $160 billion to file their taxes.
- Simply put, the existing tax code is unfair to families — it lets Washington pick winners and losers at the expense of hardworking taxpayers.
- We have a 70,000-page problem in the tax code.
- Our tax laws have not been seriously reformed since 1986.
- Taxpayers deserve a simpler, fairer tax code that closes loopholes and puts everyone on a level played field because real tax reform means more and better jobs for Americans.
- We need a tax code that will encourage the economy of tomorrow by supporting growth in our communities today.
- My work on the Ways and Means Committee provides an opportunity to ensure the voices of the families in our area are heard.
- This is important because special interests like those that support my opponent promote misinformation about tax reform for the sake of winning elections.
- The reality is that the tax reforms proposed by the Ways and Means Committee would save families in the 23rd District an average of $600 annually — that’s money that stays in your pockets.
- I believe that you can better decide how to spend your money and care for your financial health than someone in Washington can.
- Our problem is not that people do not pay enough in taxes; it is that Washington spends too much.
- Our taxes come from hard work — and while tax reform is central to this debate, the conversation must be had within the context of Washington’s spending problems and the negative effect that current tax laws have on creating new opportunities for all.
- We must work together to make responsible decisions on government spending.
- Each taxpayer dollar spent must be carefully examined to make sure it is being used in the most effective way possible…
- I care about the families in the 23rd District…
- I believe a simplified, common-sense tax code will benefit every American.
- We need to take advantage of this opportunity to lower tax rates, fight the tax increases supported by my opponent and her liberal allies and work for a simpler, fairer code that protects taxpayers and encourages job creation.
I leave it to the reader to decide which of the above points are reasonable, logical, and relevant. One repeated theme is that government spends too much and that taxes are too high. However, Tom Reed never says what programs he would shortchange or whose share of taxes might be cut.
Tom Reed never says what programs he would shortchange or whose share of taxes might be cut.
© William Hungerford – August 2014