Republicans in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives have both passed different budget reconciliation legislation in the respective Houses of Congress. You and I should expect war next. And, of course, Republicans are about completing the trifecta of eliminating Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid based on an attempt to resolve deficit issues.

Who are the individuals that will suffer from any and/or all of these? The middle class of America are the individuals who will suffer.

Look at the Republican budget reconciliation legislation. There are no deficit offsets being considered, because the eventual legislation combining the House version with the Senate version is about making sure the money continues to flow from the “donor’ class to make re-election possible for individuals such as Richard Burr, Virginia Foxx and Thom Tillis.

Who fights wars in our nation? It’s not the likes of Donald Trump Jr. or Eric Trump. It is middle class women and men from Bethel, Fleetwood, Helton and Zionville who are part of the National Guard. It is middle class daughters and sons who see no job opportunities in their respective communities to help them receive an education above the high school level.

Who are individuals using Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid? It is the retired farmer in Sugar Grove who drove to Lenoir to work in a furniture factory to make ends meet for his family. It is the women who worked a variety of low wage jobs throughout her career in Ashe County, because the Ashe County could not maintain a solid manufacturing base for individuals.

It is the person born and living in Deep Gap with a genetic deficiency that makes it impossible to work for a living despite the desire to do so.

I encourage each of us to look closely at the legislation passed in the House and Senate. Look at who really benefits from it all. Did your Republican senator or representative vote to give you as the average American a 10 percent tax reduction like it did the likes of Amazon, Halliburton, Google, Kellogg, Brown & Root and Murray Energy?

No, they are essentially eliminating your ability to itemize, which creates tax relief for the average American. What will we do if we cannot itemize and deduct mortgage interest? State and local taxes? Charitable donations to our churches or the American Cancer Society? Medical cost?

Watch closely, my friends. Don’t be fooled by either political party stating they have your best interest in mind. Make them prove such with legislation that actually has your best interest in mind.

Patrick Miller

Deep Gap

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Tom Mayer is the executive editor of Mountain Times Publications, a group of five news newspapers, six websites and one monthly periodical in the High Country of North Carolina.

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