It is time for a real change in Washington, DC

Dear Editor,

The nation’s budget deficit rose 17 percent in 2018, reflecting record spending and reckless “tax reform” by Congress which was largely more welfare for the very rich, disguised as a middle class tax cut to dupe weary, hard-working Americans.

Meanwhile stock market gains and 401 account increases have largely evaporated, and wages remain pretty flat.

With inflation again rising up and fuel prices multiplying, middle class Americans are set for another tough year, all as folks like Donald Trump and his family and circle of friends and corporate elites pay little or no income tax via a tax system they have manipulated and tailored for their own special benefit. Middle class folks are left holding the bag, again.

Sure, anyone can get a job at McDonald’s, but high paying jobs with real benefits are in short supply.  Fuel and other taxes which disproportionately affect middle class families are slated to increase, and trade wars are increasing consumer prices.

But Trump and the congress will simply not do anything to facilitate true tax reform and a fairer, more transparent system where wealthy elites pay their fair share.

Instead, to cover for reckless spending and a wealthy tax give-away, Congress plans to “reform” entitlement programs by cutting social security, Medicare, and healthcare access.

School funding is flat, unless a political donor’s charter school needs a government contract.

Voters should make careful choices this November, ignoring the rhetoric and instead looking at the results.  America is being made great for only a few wealthy elites.

Overall, our economic and moral strength, once admired and envied throughout the world, is evaporating and disappearing. It is time for a real change, with genuine leaders and a disregard for blustering blowhards.

Mike Fetzer

Independence Township

14 Responses to "It is time for a real change in Washington, DC"

  1. Michael Powell   October 18, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Don’t know where this author got his statistics, but my 401k has been doing great, and wages have gone up.
    Of course we all know that “inflation” is a hidden tax that can only be created by “inflating” our money supply. Rising prices and rising wages are the symptom, not the decease. With the only beneficiary being the first user (banks), while the rest of us see our money lose value.

    Knowing that the federal reserve (private banks) set interest rates and prints our money, I’m curious as to how this is Trump, or the republicans fault?

    Weren’t we promised “real change” in Washington for 8 years, but all we got was bigger government with no changes what-so-ever instead? As Hillary said: “What happened?”

    Didn’t the previous administration say that “elections have consequences” yet his party has been refusing to accept the results of an election?

    What exactly is a “fair share” when it comes to paying taxes? Is that when everyone pays the same amount, or just when the rich pay taxes? How would that be “fair”?

    As an American I’ve grown tired of the bullying, riots, and childish behavior of those who didn’t get their way in 2016. So much so that I went from voting straight third party, to voting straight republican.

    I’m looking honestly at the results since Trump was elected and how the “blustering blowhards” who hate anyone with whom they disagree with. Democrats have left third party voters with no alternative then to vote republican.

  2. Mike Fetzer   October 18, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Folks have refused to accept Trump as a legitimate president because: he was elected by only a minority of voters, with the aid of Russian trolls; promised to release his tax returns but now refuses because they will show Trump has engaged in tax fraud and pays little or no income tax; insults, assaults and demeans women, persons with disabilities and anyone else he can bully; along with his family is profiting from his government position, at public expense; has maligned our law enforcement and judicial system; and thinks screwing people and doing anything for a dollar is tantamount to “winning”, lies and operates in secrecy; and expects folks to save as he jumbo jets and limos to his golf courses every week, at taxpayer expense. Trump has become a national and international embarrassment to a once great, admired nation. He is a lying, blustering blowhard, a fake “president”…

    Under Trump, wages have increased for a few jobs, but only marginally, and at nothing near the wealth increases wealthy elites are experiencing as a result of the “middle class tax cut” where middle class folks got pennies as wealthy elites are multiplying their own wealth through new tax schemes, loopholes and deductions and rate reductions. Republican’s unprecedented spending and failure to invest in infrastructure are causing inflation and higher costs for middle class folks whips have been duped. While wealthy elites get richer by paying even less or no income tax, Republicans plan to balance the budget by cutting social security, Medicare and healthcare, all while raising fuel taxes and cutting education. Folks have had enough “Republican tax fairness”, and are tired of being played for fools by “leaders” like Donald Trump and the empty suit masquerading as a congressman, Mike Bishop.

    • Michael Powell   October 18, 2018 at 1:52 pm

      If there’s one thing Americans have learned since Trump was legitimately elected our president is that those working to de-legitimize him and bully him believe that our laws don’t apply to them.

      Only certain “folks” have refused to accept Trump as their president, the rest of us have acted like adults, played by the rules, and accepted the results. Those who refuse to acknowledge that we all agreed to every rule before going into the election are doing so only because the election didn’t go their way. Those people are rightfully called “sore losers”.

      So whether “folks” like it or not, isn’t relevant. Emotions aren’t relevant.
      What is relevant is the fact that Donald Trump IS our countries legitimate president. Those who refuse to acknowledge this simple fact don’t realize that when they do so it automatically puts the credibility of every one of their accusations into question.

  3. Mike Fetzer   October 18, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Trump is the one who believes laws do not apply to him. And he is unsurpassed in terms of lack of credibility. No president has lied or cheated more. It is possible to be pro-America but anti-Trump. In fact, arguably, it is ethical, decent Americans who reject his style of “leadership” who are more patriotic than those who have turned a blind eye and deaf ear to Trump’s amoral conduct and enabled the blustering blowhard’s misogyny, lying, discrimination and corrupt efforts at self-enrichment…Trump’s tenure will prove to be a shameful, embarrassing mistake that history will record. Those who stood idly, quietly by, like those who did nothing to oppose a Nazi regime, will be noted in history, too….

    • Michael Powell   October 19, 2018 at 6:38 am

      I’m reminded of what a wise man once said: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”

  4. Mike Fetzer   October 19, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Mr. Powell: there are many sayings from wise men and women. Unfortunately, though, too often purportedly wise people, or those masquerading as such, say “ if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Many times this is uttered when the allegedly wise purveyor is either too stupid to see that something is really broken, not smart enough to fix it, to lazy to bother, or has other selfish or political reasons for maintaining a sad status quo and duping others into inaction. My own favorite saying is “Never try to teach a pig to sing; it’s a waste of your time and it annoys the pig.” Of course, in a democracy, one must not be afraid to annoy a pig, and efforts to educate are never a waste of time…

    • Michael Powell   October 19, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      Mr. Fetzer – I’m interested to know where I can find this “democracy” you speak of? Knowing that democracies are “always short in their life as they are quick in their death”, I want to stay as far away as possible.
      With that in mind, I’m extremely happy that the founders of my country created a republic with a republican form of government. This form of government is mentioned numerous times in the founding documents, the pledge, and many of the songs about our republic, yet “democracy” is never mentioned anywhere. History shows that our founders abhorred democracies (mob rule) and purposefully created a republic (laws rule).
      Those who claim we live “in a democracy” are in contradiction of themselves. After all, if we’re living “in a democracy” then the tool we’ve used to elect our president for almost 250 years (the electoral college) couldn’t possibly exist.

      Seeing how lawless the mob has been acting since Trump’s election, I’m happy that I live in a republic and not a democracy where the majority can vote to take away the liberties of the minority.

  5. Mike fetzer   October 19, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Mr. Powell,

    Do you believe the founding fathers, who detested King George, would have envisioned the likes of the bone-spurred, draft-dodging, sexist, racist, lying, tax cheating, bankruptcy filing, cheater of business associates and workers, blustering blowhard Trump as leading the great nation they wanted to create? The same men who opposed an unfair and repressive tax system expecting a president and his party centuries later to dupe working Americans into believing that a tax system where elites like the president and his family and wealthy supporters have so many deductions, credits, schemes and special rates that they would pay little or no income tax while the burden for national defense and senior security would fall on overtaxed regular people? This is not the republic decent people would have wanted to result…it’s the kind of government that encouraged and emboldened them to start a revolution…

  6. Michael Powell   October 20, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Nice to see the affirmation that we live in a republic and not a democracy. We’re making progress…
    As for who carries the largest burden in income taxes? After looking honestly at the facts, if anyone has reason to “start a revolution” it would be the top 1%. The notion that the “wealthy pay little or no income tax” is false and bellies the facts.

    Let’s look at just a few just a few of the facts from 2015 …

    The top 50 percent of all taxpayers paid 97.2 percent of all individual income taxes while the bottom 50 percent paid the remaining 2.8 percent.

    The top 1 percent paid a greater share of individual income taxes (39.0 percent) than the bottom 90 percent combined (29.4 percent).

    The top 1 percent of taxpayers paid a 27.1 percent individual income tax rate, which is more than seven times higher than taxpayers in the bottom 50 percent (3.6 percent).

    2018 after the tax changes…

    Tax rate Taxable income bracket Tax owed
    10% $0 to $19,050 10% of taxable income
    12% $19,051 to $77,400 $1,905 plus 12% of the amount over $19,050
    22% $77,401 to $165,000 $8,907 plus 22% of the amount over $77,400
    24% $165,001 to $315,000 $28,179 plus 24% of the amount over $165,000
    32% $315,001 to $400,000 $64,179 plus 32% of the amount over $315,000
    35% $400,001 to $600,000 $91,379 plus 35% of the amount over $400,000
    37% $600,001 or more $161,379 plus 37% of the amount over $600,000

    Year after year the facts show that the “wealthy” are the group that is “overtaxed”. So when false rhetoric that can easily be researched and proven false is disseminated, then it calls into question the veracity of all of the accusations being made.

  7. Mike fetzer   October 20, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Mr. Powell,

    You are spreading fake news. You list tax rates for income groups, but you fail to admit that wealthy Americans are able to apply special deductions, credits, shelters, and other schemes in order to reduce their “taxable income” to laughingly small amounts relative to their gross income. Among the most abused is depreciation allowances for real estate that actually appreciates in value. You fail to admit or explain how billionaires and multi millionaires like a Trump and his family manage to pay little or no income tax even as their incomes and net worth multiply at exponential rates. A whole industry has developed to help them shield income and assets from taxes, “legally” and illegally. The tax system is a sham. Your “statistics” regarding taxes paid by the top vs bottom levels of taxpayers are simply cooked… You say you want to look at “honest facts”, but I’m not sure you’d recognize one if you saw it. But everyone knows that Trump has little/no regard for truth or facts and lies as he sees necessary to achieve his twisted objectives, so it’s no wonder you support the fake, embarrassing, unethical “president”…

  8. Michael Powell   October 22, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Mr Fetzer,
    Rachel Maddow of MSNBC obtained Donald Trump’s 2005 tax return illegally through an IRS “leak”. She waved that return in front of the camera with a big smile on her face and then proceeded to tell us that the Trump’s had paid $35M on his families income of 150M. That IS a fact.
    Thousands of other “wealthy individuals” have been paying the AMT tax since 1969 too. The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) was designed to keep wealthy taxpayers from using loopholes to avoid paying taxes.
    Considering that every persons income, deductions, and tax liabilities are unique, the IRS reports a taxpayers income, and what was paid to them. Of course the payments and percentages that are reported to us are AFTER deductions, depreciation, etc. are taken, and again these are the results;

    The top 50 percent of all taxpayers PAID 97.2 percent of all individual income taxes while the bottom 50 percent paid the remaining 2.8 percent.

    The top 1 percent PAID a greater share of individual income taxes (39.0 percent) than the bottom 90 percent combined (29.4 percent).

    The top 1 percent of taxpayers PAID a 27.1 percent individual income tax rate, which is more than seven times higher than taxpayers in the bottom 50 percent (3.6 percent).

    Throughout our discussion here I’ve stuck with the facts and didn’t let my “emotions” or my “feelings” get in the way. If they are incorrect, then please feel free to prove it.

    P.S. Americans didn’t elect Donald Trump because they liked him, they elected him because they didn’t want to elect the group that has shown us time and again that they have “little/no regard for truth or facts, and lie as they see necessary to achieve their twisted objectives”.

  9. Mike fetzer   October 22, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Mr. Powell, AGAIN you miss or ignore the point that wealthy elites have access to unique tax deductions, shelters and loopholes available only to them, allowing them to manipulate their taxable income to a much lower level than their actual income. No honest accountant will deny this. It’s doubtful that Trump paid 35 million dollars in income tax, as you claim. The recent New York Times investigation did not share your conclusion, indicating that Trump has manipulated and cheated on taxes for years, paying virtually nothing. Still, even a 35 million tax bill is a pittance for a multi-billionaire, but not to worry, Trump paid nothing near that amount. The truth is that politicians who make the tax laws are largely funded by wealthy elites—who often hide behind secret PACs to conceal their donations and services bought—and the wealthy elites are richly rewarded with a cozy, largely secretive tax system which plays the middle class for fools…

  10. Michael Powell   October 23, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Mr Fetzer,
    Considering that every one of us do our best to “manipulate our taxable income to a lower level than our actual income”, why pick on the top 50 percent of all taxpayers who PAID 97.2 percent of ALL individual income taxes while the bottom 50 percent paid the remaining 2.8 percent?
    Especially when the top 1 percent PAID a greater share of individual income taxes (39.0 percent) than the bottom 90 percent combined (29.4 percent).

    CNN is either “fake news”, or they’re telling us the truth regarding Trump’s tax payment, it can’t be both. After all, it was CNN that made the 35M tax payment claim, not I. If false why have so many other news outlets reported the same thing after seeing his return, and not a single one of them provided proof of your assertion of “doubt that the tax payment was made”, or that “Trump paid nothing near that amount”. I’m very interested in proof of this so it can be provided to our news outlets.

    I’m not a part of the group of people who said: “I believe her” when unverified accusations about an incident that was claimed to of occurred 3 decades ago, did so without a shred of corroboration or a shred of evidence being produced. Every time I write a letter to this paper I always do my best not to let my emotions, feelings, or beliefs get in the way of reason, logic, and facts. And I’m prepared to back up what I say.

    Incorrect statements or accusations can always be avoided, all one has to do is not make them.
    That being said, I won’t waste my time any further, it’s now up to you to check the facts before making accusations.

  11. Mike Fetzer   October 23, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    Mr. Powell,

    The truth will be clear when Trump’s tax returns become public. It will happen soon, either through leak or congressional subpoena when the House flips. The lying, blustering blowhard Trump once promised to release his returns, consistent with the practice of every modern day real president, but, not surprisingly, turns out that was just another Trump lie. Either that, or he is too busy tending to his bone spurs…But he is hiding the truth. He knows middle class Americans will be outraged when they see that he and his team have duped them…


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