TAXES and SERVING THE PUBLIC

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The Trumpsters are ever so elated about DT’s leaked (self-leaked?) 2005 taxes.  He actually paid about 25% on declared income!  I find it interesting that this so-called billionaire’s rate is significantly lower than that of most folks in the middle class.  I know a retired school teacher whose rate is higher.  Ya gotta hand it to those who know how to work the system.  And we do!  Hand it to them, that is.

Most public servants pay lip service to serving the public.  And yes, 45 talks about service and what great things he wants for America, but his real interest—and that of his adult family members—appears to be in using the U.S. Treasury as his own personal piggy bank as he golfs his way through every weekend at his own venues—where we taxpayers are picking up the tab for his entourage (secret service, et. al.) to stay at his hostelries.  Wonder if the prices are jacked up on weekends?

Public service indeed!—as he proceeds to put in power people bent on destroying agencies that serve public interests.  Witness what he is doing or trying to do in term of national parks and federal land, or the environment, or public education, to name only the most obvious.  I have little doubt there is ample room for improvement in the way government serves public interests in these matters, but I also doubt that repeatedly “throwing the baby out with the bath water” is quite the way to do it.

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