Thursday October 18, 2018
America needs a large turnout at next election.
"U.S. budget deficit hits highest level in 6 years" (Reading Eagle, Oct. 16) makes clear that the deficit increase results in large part from the Republican tax law of 2017 - President Donald Trump's tax cut.
Federal budgets are complex and difficult to examine, but a few simple statements may be useful. The Republican tax cuts go largely to corporations, which are using their gains largely to profit stockholders, not working-class taxpayers. Adding to the imbalance for working people, I believe Republicans plan to reduce the deficit after election time by cutting government programs that help the working classes: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and food stamp programs.
The president, himself a billionaire, supports this plan. And in the coming congressional election, Republicans are hoping to remain in control of the House and Senate as well as the majority of state legislatures, the presidency and the Supreme Court. That represents near total control of government.
Democrats are hoping to win a majority in the U.S. House. But to do that, they will need to turn out in record numbers for the midterm elections. Lacking that turnout, the country will remain totally in Republican control for the foreseeable future.
For the sake of our future as a democracy, it is essential that every eligible voter go to the polls on Nov. 6.
James D. Boyer
Democratic victory essential to our future