Re: "D’s and R’s are partners in posturing" (Robert J. Samuelson column, thenewstribune.com).
I find this column regarding government spending and taxes amazingly short-sighted.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps) is on the congressional chopping block in budget discussions. SNAP is the nation’s primary defense against hunger. Child poverty in the U.S, at 21 percent, is the highest of any major country. In Washington state, more than 18 percent of our kids lived below the poverty line in 2013.
Consider these points:
• The Senate budget protects more than $40 billion in unnecessary and expensive tax breaks and subsidies for oil and gas companies, even as the five biggest oil companies alone made more than $1 trillion in profits over the last decade.
• In 1952, the corporate income tax accounted for about 32 percent of all federal tax revenue. Today, despite record-breaking profits, corporate taxes bring in just 11 percent. One out of four major profitable corporations pays nothing in federal income taxes. We need tax reform.
• We maintain thousands of nuclear warheads, when a tiny fraction of this number would ensure the deterrence of an attack.
Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and our representatives in the House need to oppose any budget that would cut or restructure SNAP.