Somewhere along the way, however, Republicans came up with this cockamamie story that they were worried about deficits and runaway spending. They concocted a theory that if you gave enough money and tax breaks to the wealthy, it would trickle down to us regular folks. Hysterical right? Of course, facts tell us otherwise, but who cares? Back in the Reagan era it was called voodoo economics. Now it’s called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The bottom line is about 83 percent of the tax cuts go to the wealthiest 10 percent. Approximately 40 percent of Americans struggle to meet basic needs like food, housing or health care. Thanks to Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, approximately 3.5 million Marylanders face losing their coverage or paying higher premiums. And I don’t even want to think about the ballooning national deficit — $895 billion, an increase of 32 percent this past year alone.