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Patriotism, taxes and Trump

By Robert B. Reich, Tribune Content Agency on

The Republican tax plan will make all of this worse by burdening the middle class and the poor even more.

A slew of analyses, including Congress' own Joint Committee on Taxation, show that the GOP plan will raise taxes on many middle-class families.

It will also require cuts in government programs that middle and lower-income Americans depend on, such as Medicare and Medicaid.

And the plan will almost certainly explode the national debt, eventually causing many middle-class and poor families to pay higher interest on their auto loans, mortgages and credit cards.

I don't care whether the top executives of big corporations, Wall Street moguls and heirs to vast fortunes salute the flag and stand for the national anthem.


But they enjoy all the advantages of being American. Most couldn't have gotten to where they are in any other country.

They have a patriotic duty to take on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going. And Trump and his enablers in Congress have a patriotic responsibility to make them.


(Robert Reich, a former U.S. Secretary of Labor, is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of "Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few," now available in paperback. His new film, "Inequality for All," is now out on Amazon, DVD and On Demand. His daily blog is at



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