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Not sanguine about federal budget, taxes

The Capitol Dome of the Capitol Building at

The Capitol Dome of the Capitol Building at sunrise, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Washington. Credit: AP / Andrew Harnik

Our nation spends more on its military than the next eight nations combined [“Budget swells deficits,” News, Feb. 13]. We have the capacity to kill and destroy like no other nation in history.

Please tell me how this false sense of security, via might, makes us better if there is a family in need of food, and we don’t help them. Please tell me why any citizen should be deprived of medical care. Please tell me why we can’t have first-class education for all students.

Please tell me why we can’t help our neighbors in need next door and around the globe.

The capacity to kill begets killing. The capacity to love fosters love.

Steven Taub, Melville

I cannot understand why people would be against the president’s Republican budget proposal. Why should we care that the deficit will explode by trillions of dollars? Doesn’t the Republican Party believe that budgets should be balanced? Oh, wait, perhaps it doesn’t anymore.

What about how the budget treats “entitlements?” Isn’t it a great idea to repeal and replace Obamacare? And increasing seniors’ and low-income people’s Medicare and Medicaid payments — we could actually see savings there, because more citizens will die from lack of health care.

Oh, and tax breaks for users of private jets are necessary so that the rich can get around faster and make even more good deals to help all of us lead better lives.

Yes, the budget and tax plans promoted by our president and his cohorts will go a long way to making this a country the beacon of freedom and fairness that we aspire to — or not!

Sherry Eckstein, Huntington

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