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Hogan's game of divide and conquer

The daily interchange of letters from veterans, retired teachers and others regarding the merits or flaws in Gov. Larry Hogan's proposal to make veteran's pensions tax exempt reveals what I believe the governor really wanted ("Veterans aren't getting undue benefits," Feb. 25).

Anyone in Maryland trying to live only on a pension would normally be aligned with the Democratic Party based on the historical notion that Democrats take better care of the less wealthy. I originally thought the idea of a Republican governor saying let's not tax veterans was simple pandering to the law and order, patriotic types, but now I see if for what it truly is: Divide and conquer.

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Get people who would normally vote together to be angry at each other. Classic strategy. Puts Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch on the defensive. If they block it, then they are "anti-veteran" instead of being balanced or cash prudent.

Instead of picking over these few crumbs, the voters should demand real tax reform that benefits more than a select group, but instead we're going to be throwing stones at each other about commissaries.

Jeff Tarleton, Reisterstown

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