For All You Average Americans Out There Who Think The Republican Tax Plan Is Good For You I Have Only One Word For You — Kansas.

Yes, the same tax giveaway policies being put forth nationally to enhance corporations and the super rich have in recent years been applied to the state of Kansas by one time Republican Governor Sam Brownback with devastating results.

It turns out that as Bernie Sanders, the Democrats and any reputable economists will tell you is that shoveling huge tax breaks to the wealthy does not automatically produce jobs nor juice up the economy. In fact it has just the opposite effect. Kansas is an economic basket case example of this theory.

Corporations and the super rich are already bulging with record cash reserves. If they have not as yet used this wealth to drive job creation and the economy there is no reason in the world to believe that adding more billions to their offshore bank accounts is going to do the trick.

You may say, I don’t care about the rich getting richer as long as I get my tax break. But here is the kicker. The Republican give away may end up saving you a few thousand dollars in taxes, but in order for you to get these relative crumbs of savings and the wealthy to walk off with record windfall gains, the Republicans are going to cut vital programs that are worth tens of thousands of dollars for average folks like you. This is not to mention that their tax plan will still blow a hole in the deficit while suffocating the economy.

Translating the Republican mantra of “lower taxes and smaller government” simply means more public money going to the wealthy and less protection for average citizens from the rich and powerful, the latter being the whole purpose of our democratic form of government in the first place.

Indeed we see that good Republicans are fleeing politics in droves as they anticipate the coming economic mess that the clueless Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and our cutthroat President Donald J. Trump have in store for America and its average citizens. I say, Americans, resist the damnable Republican tax plan. Don’t allow the nation to be turned into Kansas.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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