As we approach September, we find the Fed reporting a revenue shortfall and it seems the GOP tax plan did not bring in additional taxes despite the roaring economy. Now we are faced once again with the prospect of a shutdown and an increasing of our skyrocketing debt.

The GOP will say social services must be cut, and the Democrats will say we need to cut military, ICE and Homeland Security.

We consistently under-spend other developed nations on social services and outspend every other nation on security (military) and yet we still seem to feel unsafe. I remember a smart lady telling us all this was going to bite us. How prophetic she was, and, oh how we did not listen. We were very busy chanting slogans.

The rich are getting incredibly richer, the middle class is taxed to death and the poor are forgotten. We can have an appropriately sized military, we can have great social services but not the way we're going; the only place we are heading is buried under a mountain of debt. We got close to reduction in the last administration; now it is snowballing under the guidance of Mr. Trump.

DAVID VINCH

Meadville

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