U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood's Dec. 31 Pantagraph column perfectly illustrated how he and other Republicans view their jobs. The title was so true; the GOP promised wealthy donors huge tax cuts and kept that promise despite overwhelming disapproval of 75 percent of Americans.
Claiming a transparent process followed regular order is misleading. Nothing I saw on C-Span supported that assertion. First, using reconciliation ensured people represented by Democrats were shut out of meaningful representation. Secondly, molding House and Senate bills together was rushed with no final bill copies available when needed. Finally, business loopholes Trump promised to close were not and Democrat proposed consequences for not raising wages, creating jobs and investing in America were not adopted.
Rep. LaHood touted corporation and business group support, but not one middle or working class constituent favoring the law was cited. He did not mention how changes to deductions, loss of exemptions or repeal of the ACA mandate would affect taxable income and health insurance premium increases. Were we not promised lower rates and better coverage? While people may see a little less withheld from their paychecks, they may owe more when filing in 2019, and face higher healthcare costs.
Government of the wealthy, by the wealthy and for the wealthy, is now GOP policy. Trump promised power would be sent back to the people, but the GOP and Trump are not working toward that goal. It is time for the people to say, "You're fired." We must send that message when we vote in November.
Linda L. Doenitz, Bloomington