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Opinion

February 9, 2014

Tax cuts show their ugly side

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

With the closing of the Lexington-Purcell bridge, Oklahoma is hearing the first shot from the tax cutting machine in the Capitol. The citizens of Lexington or Purcell had no idea that in voting for their Republican representatives they would see first hand what cutting taxes for the wealthy does. Perhaps when more bridges fail and we all need the National Guard to build low water bridges to get around in our state, then citizens will realize that cutting taxes for the fat cats ends up costing us quality roads and bridges. Well, when you get what you ask for you should learn to be more careful what you ask for.

Perhaps families who have kids in school have seen this creep to mediocrity. Class sizes have been steadily increasing since 2009 when the Republicans took over both houses and the Governor’s mansion. This is when the tax rates for the wealthy began falling, our school budgets began falling, and our state economy went downhill. The Public Schools in Oklahoma have been cut by 20 percent since then and a modest boost proposed this year is just to cover rising costs, not to excel. State Universities are being cut this year to the bone by $49.6 million dollars. Our promise to the kids of Oklahoma for excellent Public Education is fading in tax cuts for millionaires.

So, voters in Lexington, Purcell, Norman, and all of Oklahoma, take care. Our roads and bridges and our schools are in danger. Our overcrowded prisons and understaffed DHS and mental health systems are floundering. But if you like that tax cut the Republicans are selling which gives the average Oklahoman 73 cents a day but passes thousands of dollars on to the wealthy, keep voting those Republicans into office while our state slowly sinks into Third World status.

Be careful what you ask for, we may already be paying for it.

LARRY STEELE

Norman

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