Missouri tax cuts
As the author of two of the largest tax cuts in Missouri history, I can understand the interest these historic policy reforms have generated with Missouri’s largest newspapers (2-20, A1, “Missouri senator pushes bigger tax cut”). The broad-based tax cuts we enacted and want to double will spur economic growth and allow Missourians to keep more of their money.
My bills from 2014, which became law over the governor’s veto, reduce the personal income-tax rate for all Missourians and allow small-business owners to deduct one-quarter of their business income. My bill this year would double those cuts.
The Star, which has historically supported higher taxes, asserted that our tax reforms would create the same economic woes facing Kansas. But unlike Kansas, my proposals require revenue-growth triggers of $150 million increases in net general revenue before any phase of the tax cuts can take place.
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We must give citizens every opportunity to direct their financial futures. These tax cuts ease the burden on citizens and job creators and will undoubtedly grow our economy. I believe citizens can spend their money better than the government.
My reforms are aimed at empowering citizens to take control of their financial futures.
Sen. Eric Schmitt
St. Louis County, Mo.
Kansans for Cruz
If the people of Kansas are delighted with what “true conservatives” have done with their state’s finances then they should caucus around GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz. I personally hope they stay home (3-3, A1, “Cruz says he’s the best choice for conservatives”).
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the biggest crooks to hit our country since Bonnie and Clyde.
The only difference is that Bonnie and Clyde made no bones about their thievery. Former president Bill Clinton and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hide behind a so-called nonprofit charitable foundation.
Lots of luck if Hillary Clinton should get elected our next president. We would all be moving to Canada.
Country Club, Mo.
No good choices
Republican primary voters do not believe the polls, which show GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump is a shoo-in for the nomination.
Remember 1948? The media all thought President Harry S. Truman did not have a chance of beating Republican Thomas Dewey. We all know how that turned out.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich is a Republican candidate for the Oval Office who acts presidential. He is a moderate who will work with the Democrats to get things accomplished.
Trump would be an embarrassment as our representative to the world. I can’t imagine him working with world leaders without cutting them off if they didn’t agree with him. You would never hear him say, “The buck stops here.”
Sen. Ted Cruz is so polarizing that the country would remain in gridlock. Sen. Marco Rubio is better than Trump or Cruz, but his performance in the last debate did not make him look like the leader of the free world. Remember, there are many undecided voters who can make a difference. Get out and vote to stop the Trump train wreck.
If Republican billionaire presidential front-runner Donald Trump disavows all white supremacists, he loses half his base (2-29, A3, “Trump under fire over ex-Klansman’s comments”).