Letters to the Editor

Letter: Kinzinger does not represent District 16

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, works to present himself as a moderate representative who is protecting the interests of his constituency. He has publicly claimed to support Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. However, he has repeatedly voted to cut funding for these programs.

His latest vote, on Oct. 26, cut funding to Medicare/Medicaid by $1 trillion. This would destabilize the lives of tens of thousands in his district.

Most recently, he has voiced ardent support for the House version of the Republican tax plan. This tax plan would eliminate many deductions that are used by thousands in the 16th Congressional District.

One of these deductions, the state and local tax deduction, allows residents to deduct the cost of their state income taxes from the taxable income. This amounts to an average of $4,261 for residents.

Another of these deductions is for the interest paid on student loans. This deduction makes college education more affordable for lower and middle income families throughout District 16. This deduction can save taxpayers thousands of dollars every year. However, a deduction that was not cut is a deduction for wealthy individuals to deduct the cost of private schools for their children.

Another deduction that has been cut is the tax incentives for businesses to open businesses in new markets. This program was intended to support small businesses who want to help underserved markets. While eliminating this deduction, the plan cuts the rate for profits earned by corporations in foreign operations.

During his time in Congress, Kinzinger has shown he doesn'’t represent the constituency of District 16, but instead the special interests that fund his campaigns. On Nov. 6, 2018, we have a chance to send him a message. Let'’s elect new leadership that actually represents District 16.

Bill Becker


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