Letters to the Editor

Letter: Debt sophistry

T. David Boyd’s letter concerning the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package states that this “… has monumental consequences.” It does, and all for the better for Americans. Few — if any — conservatives complained about the tax cuts and policies of the last president that will elevate the federal deficit by $3.9 trillion by 2026, and that, for individuals, any benefits will expire in 2025. 

The continued drumbeat of Republicans since Ronald Reagan’s “trickle-down economics” has failed and will continue to fail.

The people of this country need help and need it now, and any reduction by Republicans will hurt suffering Americans. We cannot afford any more suffering. Democrats have learned that waiting for Republicans to do the right thing is a waste of time and there is no need to pander to the right because their votes are not needed. The Affordable Care Act was presented based on conservative Heritage Foundation proposals and still, after a year of acquiescing to Republicans, only one vote for the ACA was gained in the House.

Even the last president stated that the stimulus funds to Americans should be at least $2,000. With the $1,400 that has been proposed and the $600 already dispensed, that would equal $2,000. This additional $1,400 will help families and stimulate the economy and needs to be passed and signed into law as soon as possible.

We’ve already lost 500,000 lives in the U.S. and many millions more will have lingering side effects from this virus. The survivors need help to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads to continue to survive.

— Sam Combs

Anchorage

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