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Letters to the Editor, December 17

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Knee-capped working class

During the George W. Bush administration, Grover Norquist, founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, infamously stated that: "I'm not in favor of abolishing the government. I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub."

As the primary promoter of the euphemistic "Taxpayer Protection Pledge," which every GOP member signed onto, Norquist's plan was to cut taxes severely and limit the funds to pay down our debt.

He hoped this deceit would persuade Americans to support cuts for vital social programs like Social Security and Medicare, which wage-earners pay for over their working life. Sadly these trust funds get robbed by Congress and the executive branch to pay for a variety of programs -- some good, others not so good

As fewer revenues from taxes become available to replenish the IOU's that keep the social programs solvent, the Norquist advocates and the anti-government crowd would blame our debt alone on these programs that keep millions from falling into utter poverty and hopelessness.

The recent tax plan being shoved down our throat by the GOP and their president is yet another leg of this effort.

Supported by the millionaires and billionaires who are the true beneficiaries of Republican tax cuts, along with sending the higher-paying jobs to cheaper foreign labor markets, America's working class is slowly being knee-capped as the necessary resources that fund essential programs are axed, putting many Americans in Third World status.

Larry Beck,