In President Trump's latest budget, the Republicans want to start sucking the life out of Social Security and Medicaid/Medicare because, according to them, those programs are the reason behind our ballooning deficit.

What a sick joke! If you want examples of why the deficit is rising, please, please take a few minutes out of your day to read Alan Guebert's column (May 5) entitled "Pay taxes just like a general - or Amazon."

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I guarantee it will make you realize that the sick tax joke this administration is promoting is on us!

John Rehder, Normal

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