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Reform tax code to benefit middle class

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Editor's note: Republican Congressman Randy Hultgren voted to sue President Obama over the Affordable Care Act but not to impeach him. There was no impeachment vote.

The stampede of corporations threatening to set up headquarters in another country and using "tax inversions" to do this is just another scam on the American taxpayer! Not only are they "playing" the politicians, but they already get all kinds of tax loopholes, tax incentives and they keep workers' salaries low so they can hoard their profits offshore.

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How much does the American taxpayer owe the corporations, including Big Oil, when one-third of all corporations already pay no taxes? How many more years do we have to support corporations when they are costing the American taxpayer $20 billion over 10 years? Why does the middle class have to fund the unpatriotic corporations, plus fund all the services the corporations use, but avoid paying for such things as roads, bridges, military, ports, police, firefighters and teachers, to name a few? That $20 billion could pay for a lot of infrastructure and services!

When we compare the tax rate of the wealthy to the tax rate of the middle class, the middle class is paying a greater percentage out of their paychecks than the wealthy are. It's time to reform the tax code for the middle class.

Recently in the House, Republicans voted to impeach the president, including Congressman Randy Hultgren of the 14th District, when they could have been voting for Sen. Bernie Sanders' bill that would eliminate American taxpayer subsidies for corporations that use the "inversion" loophole to avoid paying taxes.

Joni Lindgren


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