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In this era of political deception, the ad that ran in the Arizona Daily Sun yesterday asking the rhetorical question of Tom O’Halleran “What are you waiting for?” is an avatar of tortured logic. It is also a prime example of the power of money in politics.

Indeed, a large portion of the population views the debt, run up by the current GOP majority in both the US House and Senate, as dangerous. That same majority of Americans wants a secure retirement via Social Security and affordable health care in retirement via Medicare for which they have paid taxes their whole life. Where’s the disconnect?

What’s missing is that Republicans want to cut taxes for the billionaire/millionaire class, something they just accomplished with their Trump tax cut bill. In their usual whack a mole style, they now want to eliminate Social Security as a benefit program and have that money flow to Wall Street for the stock brokers to play with. This will look like a budget balancing tactic. Medicare also will go out to seniors as a fixed amount voucher to cover medical expenses. But seniors will have to pay out of pocket if the voucher is too small. Voila! Budget balanced.

So, in a time when the GOP controls all branches of the federal government, just as they do in Arizona, they puff up and demand a man of conscience and compassion to fix their mess. The GOP can fix their own mess if they restore the tax breaks they’ve given to the likes of The Americans for Prosperity supporters. These sham educational foundations that gather tax exempt donations pushing for political goals drain billions of dollars from the tax base while attacking responsible legislators who worry about the 99 percent, not the 1 percent. Then they want to cut programs that the people have paid for their whole lives.

What are you waiting for, taxpayer? Stop voting for tax dodgers.

HARRIET YOUNG

Flagstaff

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