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Reject 'trickle-down' myth

| Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, 8:57 p.m.

In 2013, Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback set out to prove that tax cuts grow the economy, bring back jobs and make everyone richer. In what was described by a New York Times writer as a “petri dish for movement conservatism,” he cut personal income tax and imposed no tax on business incomes. Brownback told The Wall Street Journal, “My focus is to create a red state model that allows Republicans to say, ‘See we've got a better way and it works.'”

None of his claims about tax cuts came to be. In fact they did exactly the opposite. This year, the Republican Kansas Legislature overrode Brownback's veto and repealed his signature tax cuts.

The Trump tax plan currently being discussed is based on this “petri dish” experiment. We know how this ends. The wealthy continue to get wealthier and the rest of us continue to lose ground.

It is time to reject this trickle-down concept. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Brownback has proven that tax cuts for the wealthy and for businesses do not grow the economy, nor do they increase our wealth.

It is time we make decisions based on the facts. Research the Kansas experiment and then let your congressman and senator know that you are done losing ground while the wealthy get richer. Reject this “trickle-down” myth.

Renalda Arndt

South Huntingdon

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