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August 15, 2022

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Letter to the editor:

Republicans have slight interest in the little guy

Don’t be confused by claims being made by both parties on how they will balance the budget and reduce the deficit. It’s really simple.

The Republicans believe that they can achieve this goal by cutting spending. But the Democrats have wanted to try a balanced approach, by raising revenue — increasing the tax rates for the 2 percent of Americans making more than $250,000, from 35 percent to 39.6 percent — plugging tax loopholes, and making adjustments in some of the social programs that Republicans describe as “entitlements.”

The cuts the Republicans have proposed are severe. They want to eliminate Medicare for those under 55 and replace it with a voucher system, which you would use to buy insurance from private companies. They want to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The Republicans have wanted to cut $1.4 trillion from Medicaid. The Republican House plan, approved by Rep. Joe Heck and Sen. Dean Heller, also calls for further cuts in taxes for corporations and the wealthy. (Republican congressional candidate Mark Amodei has said he wants to “cozy up” to Rep. Paul Ryan, author of the House budget plan.)

Republicans are making it easy for us to decide which party is looking out for average Americans.

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