Regulation helps

To the Editor:

In a recent letter Suzanne Cruz praised congressman McClintock for standing up for free markets and limited government, and identified those who don’t as Socialists and Communists (an echo of the ’50s). She extols the virtues of “free and unfettered markets” (echoes of the 19th century).

She should be glad we do not live in a society that is totally free from regulation like the one that existed in the 19th century because she would find a culture that allowed the “wealth creators” able to control Americans for their profit at the expense of the overwhelming majority who would be powerless and have no say in how they lived their lives.

It would be a society where the “wealth creators” would tell you how much you would earn as a worker and what conditions in which you would work, and you would have no say and be powerless.

It was a society where children workers were exploited, workers would often work twelve or more hours a day and sometimes seven days a week. It was a society with a very small middle class and a majority very poor and uneducated people.

If we put ourselves in that period, the vast majority of the people of today, including a large part of the population of Tuolumne County and the rest of the nation, would find themselves in the lower class — uneducated and without hope.

At the beginning of the twentieth century we saw changes take place wherein laws and “regulations” were created that enabled the average person to attain middle class status, and allowed children to get an education.

It was two Republican presidents — Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft who led the way in breaking up the trusts and monopolies that dominated the lives of the majority of America’s citizens and allowed the growth of the middle class in our country.

Mahlon Conly

Twain Harte

Tax reform is no reform at all

To the Editor:

One of Congress’s top agenda items this fall is “tax reform,” but the plans put forward so far are not true tax reform in any way. They’re huge tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations paid for by taking from Medicare, Medicaid, and other basic services which serve people just like many of the citizens of Tuolumne County.

Those, like our “Representative” Tom McClintock, who vote in favor of this so-called “reform” say this plan is about the middle class. But according to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, under Trump’s tax plan, the top 1 percent would see a tax break equal to 14 percent of their income, while folks in the middle, like many of the good citizens of this County, would see a tax break equal to only 1.5 percent of their income. What kind of reform is that?

As we all know, few corporations actually pay their fair share in taxes. Many pay none at all. It’s entirely unfair that many rich corporations are paying less in taxes than people like you and me. Why do they need yet another huge tax cut?

This tax plan is nothing but a scam. It won’t help workers and it won’t increase wages, but it will give a massive tax cut to the wealthy, to corporations already not paying their fair share, and to Donald Trump himself. How is any of that about the middle class?

Mr. McClintock should be prioritizing his constituents, not the wealthy and corporations. If he truly cares about doing his job to represent us, he should stand up for his constituents and pledge to oppose this so-called tax reform. It is simply the right thing to do.

Erin Ross