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Tax bills split over educator expenses; House envisions end of deduction

By Heather Long The Washington Post

This article was published November 23, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.



Brooke Richardson, who teaches English as a second language to mostly low-income Hispanic students in Atlanta, prides herself as a master discount shopper. But as she turns to her own pocketbook to help her students, the purchases add up.



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RBear says... November 23, 2017 at 6:30 a.m.

This article brings out many of the points we've been raising throughout this debate. By cutting many of the deductions currently available, both bills harm rather than help the average American. All to provide benefits for the wealthy and corporations. While Republicans make the claims either bill will help grow the economy, the claims are dubious as similar cuts in the past have not yielded the results. In fact, when government investment in the economy is made in strategic areas the economy grew and tax revenues increased. That was not through cuts.
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The problem with cuts is that the savings never ends up where the lawmakers claim it will. Wages do not increase for workers, job growth never really happens. All that can be counted on is that wealthy individuals just get wealthier and hoard their funds. For the claims of investment back into the economy, there are no real data points to prove such. It's all "voodoo economics" as George H.W. used to say.
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Because of the many points of reconciliation needed to meet the requirements of the process, it's highly doubtful any tax reform will be passed before the end of the year. It will be very similar to repeal and replace of the ACA and yet another misguided policy move by the White House and Republicans.
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Of course it won't stop the Twitter tirade launched during early morning hours, but when has this president ever really invested in policy making? Didn't he claim that he would get smart people to do that during his campaign? Yes, our president is a policy weakling incapable of really governing. All he's good at is firing up an issue illiterate base which further complicates true leadership in our country.
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In the words of some of my right wing counterparts, tell me where I'm wrong.

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gohogs17 says... November 23, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Blah, blah, blah.

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carpenterretired says... November 23, 2017 at 10:04 p.m.

Well teachers like everyone that is not rich will just have to do their part to help the republicans in their pursuit of the GOP holy grail of making the rich richer.

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