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To the editor:
I would like to address this letter to Senator Ernst in regard to her campaign for S,343. Fairness For Every Driver Act, to end the electric vehicle tax credit. Her television ad says Iowa taxpayers should not subsidize wealthy car owners in states like California and New York. According to the ad this is just Joni trying to reign in big federal government spenders. I agree we should restrict extravagant and wasteful spending of our hard earned tax payer dollars. And, I have a suggestion for the Senator.
A big spender of American tax payer dollars is the President for himself. The GAO, Government Accounting Office, estimated that just four of Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago cost $13.6 million. He has, of course, made more than 4 trips, all on our dime. Since becoming President, he has made 193 golf trips, 190 of them to Trump properties at a cost to the taxpayers of $105 million. If he wins re-election, his golf trips could cost taxpayers over $340 million dollars. For those who say, well he doesn’t take his salary. He can afford to do this, “as over 8 years, his golf trips would be 105 times his $400,000 salary. This $340 million is almost twice the $190 million annual cost for the Peace Corps. It is $25 million more than the $315 million annual cost for the General Accounting Office. 1.7 times the $194 million that corporations paid in taxes in 2018, equals 45% of the $94 million saved by corporations due to his tax bill. About 10 times the approximate $15 million cost of the Mueller investigation. But in reality Mueller’s team brought in more than it spent due to acquiring enough of Manafort’s assets to more than pay the full cost.”
Senator Ernst, I would like to wish you good luck reigning in those big spenders, traveling at tax payer expense on honeymoons, vacations and travels to their homes from Washington D.C., often by private jet, like Wilbur Ross and Steve Mnuchin.
I am totally against special privileges for our wealthiest citizens, they don’t need us to pay their way.
Mary Kathryn Gepner