“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” –John F. Kennedy
Tom Reed would like us to focus narrowly on what each of us might save in the short term, rather than what we all will lose in the long term. This is misdirection–we ought to ask if the Republican tax bill is good for America, not how much is in it for us.
Tom Reed posted savings estimates for every congressional district calculated by the Ways and Means Committee, the people responsible for writing the law. This data may or may not be accurate, but it illustrates an important point–MI-11 with median income of $128,000 gets a $4111 saving while MI-13 where the income is $56,000 gets only a $1570 saving.
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The data are for a family of four. These districts are only a few miles apart. The claim that the law is “transformative” is clearly false–it locks in the status quo; the rich get richer and the poor poorer.
We can hardly blame Tom Reed for putting himself first, if we do the same.