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Letter: Trump’s words belied by his damaging actions

Trump’s words belied by his damaging actions

The only thing I can say about the Trump presidency is that it keeps me vigilant in paying attention to his contradictory behaviors and messages.

I know I shouldn’t be surprised that at least 35 percent of the population stands firmly behind President Trump, finding his mean and hateful actions rewarding and just what they want. They turn his lies into fake news. The New York Times lists the public lies told by Trump from his inauguration to July 1. In those six months, he told 58 public lies. How can his presidency go down in history as anything but a series of lies?

Let’s look at the current lies that will affect so many of us, such as his tax-cutting proposal. Trump says the wealthy will not get a tax cut and that the cuts will pay for themselves. Trump said that the wealthy “can call me all they want. It’s not going to help. I’m doing the right thing, and it’s not good for me. Believe me.”

However, the tax proposal will likely let his wealthy Republican backers keep millions of dollars away from the Treasury by eliminating the alternative minimum tax (which essentially prevents rich people from claiming too many tax breaks) and the estate tax, while slashing the rates paid by corporations and by the richest individuals.

Please be vigilant and do your part to resist this tax proposal. Call congressional representatives in states where they need to get the message.

Marguerite Battaglia


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