Where to start

Your Oct. 29 opinion section is again filled with poorly reasoned liberal opinions with no serious commentary from a conservative viewpoint.

Bloomberg View writer Conor Sen’s column attacks Republican tax cuts, saying “the last thing this economy needs is more jobs.” That makes no sense from either an economics or common-sense standpoint. More jobs will bring competition for workers and higher wages and will stimulate all sectors of the economy.

Trib columnist Blake Burleson’s column was going along fine till he lumped all firearm regulations together and indicated that Republicans support no such regulations. If he believes that most Republicans do not support regulation of fully automatic weapons, I think he is clearly wrong.

And Kate Dawson’s Texas Perspectives column indicates President Trump will cause our extreme-weather disaster bills to grow and that climate change is responsible for this year’s major hurricanes and fires. Never mind that no major hurricane has hit the U.S. coast in the 12 years before this fall. Never mind that for years governmental policies have toed an environmentalist line and prevented thinning forest growth. Never mind that increased population and development make increased damage inevitable. Never mind that climate cycles have occurred throughout history and that the portion of climate change caused by human activity is uncertain. And never mind that, even if fully implemented, the Paris Climate Agreement would have only a tiny effect despite its substantial economic cost. Criticize President Trump’s behavior if you wish, but blaming him for natural disasters is not reasonable.

Please include some conservative analysis to balance your overwhelmingly liberal opinion pages.

Tod Swann, Waco

Bless the rich

Conservative Trib columnist Pete Commander’s thoughts on tax reform and defense of Republican efforts hit the matter head-on [“Imagine a day without really rich people!” Nov. 2]. The one thing I add: What if rich people closed all of their businesses and went on extended vacations? Where would we and all the whiners about the rich go? We’d have no work and find ourselves without necessities such as electricity, food, gasoline for our vehicles, perhaps even police protection.

I have never been even close to rich but I also never got a job from a poor person.

One can argue about which tax cuts are fair and which are not, but as for all these proposed tax cuts leading to an increase in the national debt by some $2 trillion over 10 years: This would still only average $200 billion a year. That would be a .01 percent increase in national debt a year — a historic low rate increase since before the Great Depression. During President Obama’s eight years, the average increase was 8.79 percent with a low of 1.89 percent in 2015.

Jim Cantrell, Axtell