Beholden to the rich

Congressman Bill Flores’ Nov. 17 guest column on tax legislation was the biggest bunch of hooey he’s written, and that’s saying a lot. It’s not worth my time or that much Letters to the Editor space to address and refute every single item of praise he heaps on the House Republicans’ tax “reform” bill. Let’s just say the vast majority of cuts go to the largest of corporations (which, by the way, do not pay the current maximum 35 percent corporate tax rate — which the bill would reduce to 20 percent — but average half that, 18 percent; check economic journalists Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle’s figures for facts) and to the richest of Americans.

Billionaire Warren Buffett has stated that he and other wealthy Americans do not need a tax break which would hurt those less fortunate and the country as a whole. The long-term deficit would increase by more than $1.5 trillion, kicking in a mandatory budget reduction in other areas to offset this giveaway to the rich. Those cuts will come from Medicaid, Medicare and other social services, which would most adversely affect those who have the least. And contrary to Flores’ statements, the middle class as a whole would hold the short end of the stick, with more taxes rather than less.

Once again, we can count on “beholdin’ to the rich” Rep. Flores to meet our low expectations. Keep it up, Bill, and next November you may be out of a job.

Ray Lanford, Woodway

Solutions please!

I read with interest this past weekend’s “Sunday Focus” section of the Trib. The articles’ subject matter concerned DACA and sexual misdeeds. I agreed with all the authors (Rev. Amy Butler, former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen, Baylor religious scholar Blake Burleson and Waco-based economist Ray Perryman) and their writings were clear and to the point. They all presented very serious issues in the United States and went on about how bad things are going to get.

The only author to offer a solution to the problem was Amy Butler. The rest left us hanging with what we already know. My dad told me that if I was going to complain about something, I darn well better have a solution or keep my mouth shut. Writers should do the same.

Fred Ouellette, Waco

EDITOR’S NOTE: Thank you for your letter. In the interest of fairness, both Mr. Perryman and Mr. Burleson, while arriving at their conclusions from different perspectives, clearly advised passage of the Dreamers Act as a solution to the problem of which they wrote.

Bring out the clowns

The clowns who comprise Baylor University’s Board of Regents accomplished exactly what they sought to do. They destroyed Baylor’s football program. Each one bows down and worships Bill Beall. And Coach Beall’s worst season was only a 10-game loss.

William Trammel, Waco