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Oh-oh, the tax scare tactics ride again in the Green New Deal commentary by March Thiessen published in the Feb. 18 newspaper. Actual tax scares: According to many economists, the federal budget deficit is soaring because of the Republican tax cuts (USA Today, October 2018). Amazon, the company owned by America’s richest man, will pay zero federal income taxes on its $11.2 billion profit made in 2018 (Fortune, Feb. 18, 2019). Trump has declared a national emergency to take $8 billion of our tax money, against the wishes of Congress, to fulfill his campaign promise.

Here’s some of what the Green New Deal envisions to attain a more just America for all of us and our children and grandchildren: (1) infrastructure (roads, bridges, power plants, railroads, and so on) that will withstand the increasing storms inevitable from global climate change; (2) retrofitted structures – the “exoskeleton” of our lives – that will conserve energy and halt degradation of our human habitats; (3) revamped agricultural policies that enhance land and water resources we depend on while guaranteeing healthy food sources for all; (4,5,6…) and more.

Aiming high has always been part of the American Dream. The Green New Deal outlines ambitious goals to bring better living standards for all Americans. It recognizes that sound environmental policy is sound economic policy. Let’s give tax scare tactics a rest while we envision and work toward the future we want for all.

Anne Filson

Corvallis (Feb. 19)

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