Taxes and health
EDITOR: Since tax day is coming up, it’s a good time to talk about health care. After the Republicans’ failure to overturn Obamacare, the president declared that it would just “explode” on its own. That is incorrect, but if someone, like Donald Trump, wanted to light the fuse, it wouldn’t matter how Congress voted or if it voted at all.
If taxpayers lack health care, the Internal Revenue Service notifies them, ordering that they follow the law. Taxpayers are fined if they don’t comply, so enforcement is key. Trump’s overall policy relaxes federal regulations. Taking its cue from a president who won’t let the public see his taxes, the IRS declared it wouldn’t follow those rules anymore.
So many Americans are relieved to keep their health coverage, but if the government won’t demand compliance, Trump is right, the law won’t survive. Most disturbing is that Congress never mentions the loophole to the public.
Taxes are the new front line in America, and though I don’t love paying them, I believe it is the patriotic thing to do. This year it’s going to be harder than usual though since even the president and the IRS won’t protect the law, and they don’t have to.
EDITOR: While The Press Democrat and many Donald Trump-hating letter writers keep their focus on the president, California is disintegrating because of one-party governance. This is evidenced by the passage of Senate Bill 1.
Because transportation funds received over the years have gone into the general fund, there is now no money for fixing roads and bridges. Therefore, Gov. Jerry Brown, with the help of the Democratic-controlled Legislature and the promise of $1 billion (called arrangements) going to certain districts, was able to pass SB 1. This law, starting on Nov. 1t will raise the price of gas by 12 cents per gallon. On Jan. 1, the cost of registering your car will increase. These tax increases have no sunset.
It is interesting to note that the bill was pushed through as fast as possible so that public opinion would not affect passage. It is no wonder that more people are leaving California. California has become a state of bad management with a fixation on every odd idea and latest fad. It was once an efficiently run state. By the way, Trump had nothing to do with SB1.
EDITOR: Thank you for publishing the article about removing the “Fearless Girl” girl statue from its Wall Street location because somehow it sparked a negative reaction from the male sculptor about his charging bull (“Wall Street’s bull sculptor wants ‘Fearless Girl’ removed,” Thursday). Yes, it’s all bull alright.
Here’s a thought that might help all of us in these polarizing times: Let’s celebrate all the fearless girls and women among us for the strength, courage and compassion they display despite facing constant push back from sexism in every walk of life.
And right here locally, in this newspaper, let’s start with equal coverage of female athletes in every sport and of all ages. Let’s devote the same amount of space in every issue to the feats of women and girls who too often are unsung and appear to be an afterthought.