U.S. House Rep. Doug Collins (R- Gainesville) recently sent out an e-mail proclaiming how well Georgia is doing because of the tax cut he voted for. He mentions that families earning over $60,000 a year are seeing a $1,232 cut in taxes. The problem with his good news is that over 60 percent of Georgian families don’t make over $60,000 a year, so that cut doesn’t affect many middle income people. Then he mentions the cut for those with incomes between $25,000 and $50,000—a whopping $921 average cut, $75 a month. The meager tax cuts that those Georgians receive will do nothing to help them afford health insurance, increased higher education costs, increased fuel costs and food costs that are climbing because of President Trump’s tariffs. Trump last week raved about our 4.1 percent GDP Growth, but he didn’t mention that wages are stagnant and instead of giving raises to workers, corporations are buying back their stock so their stockholders make more money. In addition, the Republican House of Representatives have proposed cuts Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, food assistance, education, head start, funds for public libraries and Meals on Wheels, thereby taking benefits away from those who need it most. The upper 1 percent of the population by the way gets millions of dollars in tax cuts.
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