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Tax cuts for the rich

EDITOR: Nicholas Kristof just doesn’t understand. In his Wednesday column (“Listen to Planned Parenthood patients”), he wrote about the plight of women in Paul Ryan’s congressional district whose health care would end if Planned Parenthood in Ryan’s district is stopped.

The health of women in Ryan’s district is irrelevant in the larger picture. In the larger picture, the repeal of Obamacare and the defunding of Planned Parenthood would result in a gigantic annual tax reduction for rich people. This tax reduction would be automatic with Obamacare’s repeal.

The women in Ryan’s district would benefit when this tax cut trickled down to them in the form of wages as house maids, wet nurses, secretaries and other menial jobs that rich people could pay for with their tax cuts.

Kristof needs to wake up and accept that the key to solving all our problems is more tax cuts for the wealthy.

It hasn’t worked so far, but if we keep cutting those taxes, it has to start working eventually. If the taxes on the wealthy are cut to zero, and our problems persist, maybe the government should start paying rich people to be rich. That should do it. Maybe.

HANS BEERBAUM

Petaluma

Liberal hatred

EDITOR: Madonna said she wants to burn down the White House, Robert DeNiro said he wants to hit the president of the United States in the mouth, Kathy Griffin held a replica of a bloody severed head of the president, liberals have set fire to cars and buildings in Berkeley when conservative speakers were invited to the university, the homosexual community that seeks diversity is banning gay Donald Trump supporters from its parades, and Hillary Clinton just concluded her “blame tour” across the United States. Do I need to mention the media’s constant negative beating of the drum?

Now the hatred of the liberal left has flourished into a gunman with a rifle picking off Republicans practicing baseball at 7 a.m. What is next?

Part of the problem is Democrats don’t have one person or one voice they can look up to for direction — someone who can be a voice of reason, someone who can voice that the president deserves a chance and, at the same time, communicate liberal beliefs and values. This nonstop liberal left hatred coming from so many directions needs to stop. And it can start with you.

T.C. RANDOLPH

Rohnert Park

A ‘flattery parade’

EDITOR: Reading the account of Donald Trump’s Cabinet meeting was absolutely surreal (“Cabinet shrouds Trump in flattery,” Tuesday). Where did Trump find these people? It was a true kiss-up fest. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis deviated from the flattery parade by praising our military personnel to a stern, non-pleased Trump. How long do you think Mattis will remain on the job?

JOHN HOWLAND

Cloverdale

Absolute certainty?

EDITOR: Last week’s rain added to already record-breaking Sonoma County rainfall. But I can’t remember any political leader predicting such a torrent or instructing citizens in ark building. Despite 24/7 satellite tracking and accumulation of real-time weather data, forecasters still could only predict the “possibility” of above normal rainfall — certainly not the deluge the heavens produced. Forecasters have become very good at predicting tomorrow’s weather but less so with each future day, despite all their measuring tools and computer modeling.

Yet define weather as climate science — the study of Earth’s weather patterns over time — and our political leaders predict with absolute certainty Earth’s Götterdämmerung, a convergence of weather patterns producing global fire and brimstone, floods and pestilence — more than 80 years from now. At least that’s how Governor Moonbeam explained it from Beijing; much like Chicken Little: “The sky is falling, the sky is falling.”

Think about it. Man and machine can barely predict next month’s weather, yet Governor Moonbeam and other political leaders profess to be able to do so decades into the future and with great certainty. Perhaps we should heed the lesson of those who followed Chicken Little’s dire prediction. They were tricked by Foxy Loxy and became lunch.

WILLIAM ROTHE

Santa Rosa

Comey’s testimony

EDITOR: In his superb Sunday column, David Brooks concludes “the Trump death march will be slow, grinding and ugly” (“It’s not the crime, it’s the culture within”). I agree but take minor issue with one point, namely that Donald Trump hasn’t performed any criminal act that would merit removing him from office. It’s too soon to tell. James Comey was careful to limit his testimony to the six contemporaneous memos he wrote of his meetings and telephone conversations with Trump from Jan. 6 until his firing on May 9.

He responded honestly to Trump’s inquiries that Trump wasn’t a primary target or suspect of any FBI investigation — at that time. Comey didn’t express a belief that Trump would never become a target/suspect or in legal jeopardy.

And, as Comey testified, it’s now Robert Mueller’s job as special counsel to conduct a full and complete investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and any other relevant matters.

Who will be the first Trump associate to trade immunity for evidence against a bigger fish? Flynn, Manafort, Page, Sessions, Kushner? In an effort to follow the money trail, when will Mueller subpoena Trump’s tax returns to investigate any relevant financial ties to Russia? As Brooks indicated, the party is just beginning.

BILL WRIGHTSON

Santa Rosa