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Letter: Gregory, Which candidate will bring back government to the people

Which candidate will bring back government to the people

In her “My View” column on October 12 Felica Muftic stated that “Trump also openly admitted that he had used a tax loophole to avoid paying federal personal income taxes for years”. True enough. I would like to expand on three words used by Ms. Muftic. Those words are “loophole” and “openly admitted”. First, “loophole”. My understanding of the situation is that Mr. Trump had a significant loss in the past and in accordance with the tax laws in effect, legally carried that loss forward to offset future income. Although he owed no personal taxes, his businesses employed thousands who paid taxes and the businesses paid the employer share of Social Security. Additionally, these businesses paid property and sales taxes as required by law. If Ms. Muftic and those who share her progressive beliefs that many of the most productive Americans are not paying their “fair share”, they have a simple solution: change the tax code. The federal code is extremely complex. It is a fact that Mrs. Clinton was a US Senator and did nothing to change fix that complexity. Additionally, in the early years of the Obama administration the Senate and House were Democrat and they failed to fix the “loophole” that Mr. Trump and others legally used to minimize their taxes. Secondly, the words “openly admitted”. Ms. Muftic states that Mr. Trump was open about how he applied the tax code but she fails to mention the gross lack of openness from Mrs. Clinton. I will not go back to the old days of Whitewater, cattle futures, Travelgate, but will only address some of the more recent examples of Mrs. Clinton’s lack of openness and candor. Example one is that while serving as Secretary of State for four years, she used a personal server. She has stated that 30,000 of her emails were personal and that none of her “government” emails contained classified material. Mrs. Clinton served 1,460 days as Secretary so on average she had over 20 personal emails per day. Regarding Mrs. Clinton’s claim that none of her emails contained classified material, how it is possible to conduct your responsibilities as Secretary for four years and not deal with classified material? While Mr. Trump is far from my ideal candidate, he is indeed “open”. Ask yourself about the openness of Mrs. Clinton and which one of our less than perfect candidates offers the best chance of bringing government back to “ the people”. Government is to serve the people.

Steve Gregory

Grand Lake

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