Congress Taxes

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., accompanied at right by Secretary for the Majority Laura Dove, walks to the chamber as Republicans in the House and Senate plan to pass the sweeping $1.5 trillion GOP tax bill on party-line votes, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

There is a lot of hostility to Democrats in Louisiana and in the conservative suburb I live in, though thankfully not in progressive New Orleans. I can understand why someone might wish that fewer of his or her hard-earned tax dollars went to the poor and needy — to the social network in general. I can also appreciate that some may think the Democrats have gone too far on civil liberties — rights for gays, trans-gender folks, gay marriage, etc. And it may be that you think, even though this is a nation of immigrants, that we have too many, and most should be sent back, and that we should build a wall to keep them out. But by any measure, the Democratic Party stands for the little man, the poor, the unemployed, the oppressed, and I think the worst you could say of Democrats is that they do no harm. The caveat is abortion, and if that is the only issue for you, so be it. But Democrats don’t like abortion, they just believe that it is a woman’s right to decide before the fetus can live outside the womb.

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But could any honest person say about the Republicans what I have just said about the other party? Tax breaks for the rich, sending immigrant children back to war-torn countries, trashing all clean air and water regulations, allowing guns in churches and classrooms, and most importantly, the next move will be against both Medicare and Social Security ( created by Democrats). One primary goal of tax cuts for the rich was to strain the budget enough so that cuts to entitlements would be necessary, something we know because they have admitted it. Of course, they are trying to seduce you with these very small tax breaks that you will see in February but which will quickly expire like three free months of HBO, all the while the rich are celebrating in Cabo. Whether this is a Christian nation is arguable, given our Jewish (and other) neighbors, but with its Christian roots, a skeptic might ask whether it is possible to be a Christian and a Republican at the same time.

If you think that there are two parties that care for common man, think again.

Dan Purrington