Letters to the editor
Rep. Kurt Schrader has been a politician long enough to master the art of the "doublespeak." He likes to sell himself as a common man, but he's a multimillionaire and an heir to a Pfizer fortune who won't commit to making the rich pay their share of taxes.
Rep. Schrader complains about the Build Back Better plan raising the deficit, which is not true if the rich pay their share of taxes. He just won't commit to doing it. Rep. Schrader likes to tout his "bipartisan" infrastructure bill over the Democrat's plan but fails to mention that his plan does not effectively address climate. That could be because Exxon Mobil was one of his top 30 contributors during the 2019â€“20 cycle.Rep. Schrader caught a lot of negative media attention for his recent vote against Medicare drug price negotiations.
Now, he says he'd like the BBB bill to be cut to around $1 trillion, but he won't say what he would cut. Would he cut the child tax credit, preschool, junior college, hearing and vision for seniors, climate solutions or all of it?
If you are a multimillionaire, these issues may not seem as important to you, but they are to constituents. Elizabeth LuthyPortland
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