Our president and the Republican-controlled Congress are on the verge of passing a tax bill that will further burden today’s taxpayers and future generations with enormous debt. The richest people and corporations will get tax cuts, the rest of us get will get to pay for their good fortune. While the bill tosses a few crumbs our way to hide the gross injustice of this legislation, the essence of the Republican plan is that it raises the deficit, and over the next decade will force significant cuts to programs like Social Security and Medicare.

The Republicans claim that these gratuitous handouts to the wealthy will spur economic growth. Not so. Study after study has shown that “trickle-down economics” does not work. Just look at Kansas, where this theory was put into practice and has destroyed the state’s economy, leaving it in shambles.

Instead, listen to American cowboy Will Rogers, who in 1932 got it right: “The money was all appropriated for the top in the hopes that it would trickle down to the needy. Mr. Hoover (the president) didn’t know that money trickled up. Give it to the people at the bottom and the people at the top will have it before night, anyhow. But it will at least have passed through the poor fellow’s hands.”

Rep. Bruce Poliquin and Sen. Susan Collins have already voted for this scandalous plan. But there are more votes to come. Call Collins at 202-224-2523 and urge her to change her mind.

Rebecca Stanley

Monmouth