Dismissive Treatment

Dec 20, 2017

To the Editor:

Our representative Tom MacArthur and his staff are rude and totally dismissive of his 3rd District constituents. We have had enough. On Dec. 4 and Dec. 6, we respectfully protested at MacArthur’s office regarding his support of the destructive, divisive and inequitable tax “cut” bill undergoing reconciliation in Congress. MacArthur was the only state legislator to vote “yes” for this bill.

When we tried to visit MacArthur’s office, we were stopped by the guards. They called MacArthur’s constituent services director, Noriko Kowalewski, to speak to us. We were disrespectfully treated and stood in an empty room where Kowalewski listened and made no attempt to write anything down until we asked why she wasn’t making note of our being there. She proceeded to have us write our names and addresses on a piece of paper.   

The tax bill, if passed, will be disastrous to the middle class, the working poor and those living at or below the poverty level. I would guess that the majority of folks who will read this letter, me included, are in one of those three groups, otherwise referred to as the 99 percent. This tax “cut” bill is totally geared to the wealthy 1 percent.

We, the 99 percent, will be negatively affected, big time, losing: state/local tax deductions; the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate for health insurance; some mortgage interest deduction; and tax cuts for individuals over time.

The 1 percent stands to gain by the reduction of corporate tax from 35 percent to 20 percent; elimination of the estate tax (affects millionaires and billionaires); average tax cut of over $700,000 every year for folks making more than $3.5 million; elimination of the Alternative Minimum Tax; and tax cuts for corporations being permanent.

This bill will add over $1 trillion to the debt. Aren’t the Republicans diametrically opposed to adding to our deficit. How hypocritical of them! 

Marianne P. Clemente, chair

Barnegat Democratic Municipal Committee




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