The writer of a previous letter bemoans that he has spent 40 years listening to Republicans complain about the deficit and national debt. Does he find that a despicable position? Did doubling the national debt under former President Barack Obama disturb him? Chances are it’s a “yes” for the first question and “no” for the second. Like left-leaning liberals, he echoes the Congressional Budget Office assessment that the new tax cut will increase the deficit $1.5 trillion over the next decade. On Obamacare, many of the CBO’s projections didn’t come true. Instead of saving dollars, the cost is billions over projections. The CBO does make mistakes, and no one in this agency is clairvoyant. It’s hard to be accurate 10 years out.

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President Donald Trump shows off the tax bill after signing it in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

It’s such hypocrisy to watch millionaire Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Nancy Pelosi decry all the breaks given to the 1 percent. They are the 1 percent. More than half of the members of the U.S. Congress are millionaires. It seems those with the most money are complaining that the rich are the beneficiary of the new tax bill. Go figure. There are lies, damn lies and statistics. Democrats use statistics to draw conclusions they want. The Joint Committee on Taxation, the Tax Foundation (right-leaning) and the Tax Policy Center (left-leaning) agree that 80 percent of Americans will receive a tax break. I quote a recent revision from the Tax Policy Center’s Dec.18 article: “We find the bill would reduce taxes on average for all income groups in both 2018 and 2025. In general, higher income households receive larger average tax cuts as a percentage of after-tax income, with the largest cuts as a share of income going to taxpayers in the 95th to 99th percentiles of the income distribution. ”Democrat Kool-aid” is flowing and liberals are drinking it at a record pace. The media fuels the narrative of the liberal members of Congress.

They shout about the evils of President Donald Trump. But they don’t talk about possible Democrat collusion with Russia (not Trump). Nor do they discuss the underhanded, unconstitutional activities in the Obama years. And, I won’t even start on Hillary Clinton's activities. That would take a book, not a letter. I am not a blind follower of Trump. But I am appreciative of how hard the president has worked on behalf of Americans. He isn’t perfect, but next to Hillary, perhaps he is. My preference is to wait to see what happens, not criticize without sound data. We’ve already seen thousands receive a bonus since the tax cut bill was signed. Will liberals give it back to their employers? I doubt it. The Advocate is most generous in publishing liberal views. Perhaps you will allow a little opining from another view.

Billy Arcement

leadership consultant

Prairieville