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Only the 'little people' lose

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After the last national election, we were promised that "the swamp" would be drained in Washington and that the undue influence of special interests would be history; since January that "swamp" has grown into a huge cesspool.

Many voters assured themselves, with naiveté and skewed logic, that anyone of extreme wealth cannot be "bought" and therefore has integrity beyond reproach.

We have a government packed with individuals of such wealth, or who cater to this elite, and it is insular and corrupt. It represents the "buyers." The concept of "the public good," or "the general welfare," is irrelevant and meaningless to these individuals.

The tax bill before Congress is the product of a wealthy elite, a minority who feel that, like the late billionaire Leona Helmsley boasted, "only the 'little people' pay taxes."

Of course, we, the majority of Americans who do not have extreme wealth, are these "little people," and we are the ones who will lose, and will pay, if this bill is passed.

Donald Archer

Cambria

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