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President Donald Trump leaves Capitol Hill after meeting with House lawmakers on tax policy earlier this month. Across the Capitol, Democrats pointed to new numbers showing the Senate version of the plan would boost taxes on lower and middle-income Americans.
President Donald Trump leaves Capitol Hill after meeting with House lawmakers on tax policy earlier this month. Across the Capitol, Democrats pointed to new numbers showing the Senate version of the plan would boost taxes on lower and middle-income Americans. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

The Sun and like-minded letter writers have conducted a campaign for several weeks complaining about Republican efforts in Congress to reform our current corrupt tax system (“GOP tax plan: a lot of foolishness going on,” Nov. 22). Complaints are numerous and include claims that the plan will explode the deficit, that corporations receive far more benefits than average taxpayers and that the deduction for state and local taxes is eliminated. Republicans are learning the harsh reality that loopholes and favoritism carved into the tax code over decades are not easily changed.

The complaint by The Sun and its supporters that the plans will grow the deficit is truly hilarious. Where were the newly-minted deficit hawks in the past eight years during the President Barack Obama and Rep. Nancy Pelosi spending blowout? Apparently, the doubling of our national debt is no problem, but tax cuts possibly increasing the debt will cause the sky to fall. I say “possibly” because The Sun and writers keep repeating the claim of a liberal think tank that opposes all tax cuts that the plans will add $1.5 trillion to the deficit. Reputable conservative think tanks who never see the light of day at The Sun believe the tax cuts will create enough growth to pay for some if not all of the revenue lost from the cuts.

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Corporate tax cuts are needed to compete with far lower rates in other countries. Money goes to the place where you can make the most money. Absent some reform, American companies will continue to locate their headquarters in places besides here. As to state and local taxes, please explain why low-tax states should continue to subsidize the Gov. Martin O'Malley and Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller welfare state. There are many reasons to re-elect Gov. Larry Hogan. If the Republican tax plans are passed and the voters foolishly decide to follow The Sun's lead and elect a tax-and-spend Democrat, the exodus from Maryland of millionaires and wealthy retirees will closely resemble the ancient Hebrews leaving Pharaoh's Egypt. Any attempt to reform our terrible tax system will result in numerous complaints from those who receive favored treatment.

Conspicuously absent are any constructive suggestions coming from Democrats or The Sun. They and the 1 percent who take advantage of numerous existing loopholes must be happy with our current system. The working stiff who doesn’t pay interest on a $1 million mortgage isn't. If we don't have policies that increase growth, we will not have the money to support our entitlement programs in the future. The same people complaining about tax cuts today are the same ones who complained about tax cuts during the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and those alt right conservatives Bill Clinton and John F. Kennedy. They did quite well, thank you.

A flawed plan is better than no plan at all. The status quo is not a viable or sustainable alternative.

Robert C. Erlandson, Lutherville

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