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Without delving too deeply into Michael Felde's assertion that Donald Trump is a terrible human being (I basically agree, but so is Hillary Clinton), I wish to refute two completely erroneous statements he presented as fact.

He wrote that 2 million jobs were created during Obama's tenure. The actual number is more like 11.5 million, which is pretty standard. Beginning with Harding's inauguration in 1921, the economy (not the president) has added on average 1.255 million jobs per year. Chalk that up to capitalism, not to either party.

He also wrote that "tax cuts won't help 75 percent of taxpayers while adding to the debt." The first part of that statement is beyond absurd; the second won't be proved or disproved for years.

If you Google tax rates, you'll see that they are lower for every single taxpayer at every different income level. You'll also see that the higher standard deduction combined with the expanded child credit more than offset the loss of the personal exemption. The only taxpayers who won't be helped are those who itemize deductions and run afoul of the SALT limitation.

The most recent IRS data shows that 68.5 percent of taxpayers do not itemize, so at least 68.5 percent will benefit from the law. The column directly above Mr. Felde's letter projects 80 percent will benefit, and that's the lowest estimate I've seen. I'd bet my tax savings that Mr. Felde will too.

John Brenan

Corvallis (Feb. 25)

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