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Changes in personal taxes and the national debt under tax reform (2 letters)

President Donald Trump congratulates Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell while House Speaker Paul Ryan watches at the White House after the final passage of tax overhaul legislation by Congress on Dec. 20.

Manuel Balce Ceneta, The Associated Press

President Donald Trump congratulates Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell while House Speaker Paul Ryan watches at the White House after the final passage of tax overhaul legislation by Congress on Dec. 20.

Re: “Debating the passage of the Republican tax-reform bill,” Dec. 23 letters to the editor.

The degree of negative commentary in last Sunday’s letters about the tax bill was surprising. Has anyone run their personal numbers? Our household’s tax range leans comfortably middle class. Using the coming $24,000 standard deduction and the revised tax tables, our current federal income taxes would have been reduced $1,500 this year while easing record keeping. Maybe inconsequential to others; however, given this prospective bonus, I will be a happier consumer and voter.

Charles Dippold, Highlands Ranch


Some of your letter-writers wanted to set the record straight about how Barack Obama and the Democrats supposedly started the ball rolling on “exploding” the national deficit and debt. In all truth, the deficit and debt first started exploding during the Reagan/Bush years. During that time, the national debt increased more than all the years before that (from 1776) combined, primarily from big tax cuts.

If you really want to try to pin the blame on Obama and the Democrats, at least keep in mind that for six of eight years during the Obama administration, it was the GOP that controlled Congress. So it was the GOP during those years that came up with the budgets that were sent to Obama to sign.

Paul Ruzicka, Aurora

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