Deseret News
Letter to the Editor

The Republicans have made it clear what their priorities are, and they do not include the financial well-being and health of the American public, with 83 percent of the tax benefit going to 1 percent of the population, and with the repeal of the individual mandate under Obamacare.

I recently viewed a conference of business people representing various U.S. corporations. They were discussing what was then the proposed tax cut. When asked if they were planning to direct the savings they would realize into higher salaries for workers, and into adding jobs, their reply was in the negative. Rather, most were planning to shift the savings to investors through dividends and stock values. How is this going to add jobs and narrow the widening gap between the rich and the middle class? The tax cut is a travesty, and not one of our Utah delegation has stood up to it.

Even worse, the Republicans are forcing it on the backs of children and those who will lose their health care coverage as a result of repealing the individual mandate. The Children's Health Insurance Program, which supports health care for about 9 million children, is unfunded because conservatives say there is no money. The Congressional Budget Office estim