With our budget vote I am standing with the 99 percent who will see a tax break with a (possible future) compromise on the state and local tax deduction.–Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY-23) (facebook, Oct. 26, 2017)
Eliminating the SALT deduction will unfairly burden over 62,000 people in the 22nd District.–Conservative Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY-22) (Elmira Star-Gazette Oct. 27, 2017)
Can Reed and Tenney both be right? Sixty-two thousand people, however this figure was determined, would be much more than one percent of NY-22.
Do we care about taxes? Would we object to paying more. I see no reason to believe that. Many say they care, many others would find it hard to pay more. So why are many of Tom Reed’s supporters not upset by his vote for a budget that might raise their taxes and cut their benefits? Here are some possibilities:
- Strong faith in Tom Reed’s good intentions.
- Unwillingness to admit political difference with their representative.
- Unwillingness to seem to side with Democrats on anything.
- Belief that Tom favors them over people who may have less.
- Belief that tax cuts for the rich somehow benefit all.
- Disbelief in published information about the budget.
- Reliance on “alternative facts.”
- Doubt that Reed’s vote will affect them.
- Political loyalty to the GOP and Tom Reed.
What do readers think? Are any or all of these reasons significant? Can you suggest other reasons?