To the Editor:
In April 2009 on the Route 34 bridge in Oswego as reported in this newspaper (April 23, 2009), there was a “Tea Party” rally where the theme of the event was against government spending, debt and taxes. There were people with signs that said “read the bill before passing” and “your fair share is not my wallet.” There were also speakers that implied about the rise of “socialism” and “fascism” in America.
In attendance were current Kane County Chairman Chris Lauzen, R-Aurora, and state Rep. Keith Wheeler, R-Oswego, and many other local leaders and their supporters. As a result of this period in time, we now have a congress that came into power in 2010 which included our congressman Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, that campaigned on these very issues. It is now their caucus who controls the U.S. House, Senate and the White House by President Trump that most of these people supported.
Currently in the last two weeks alone, we have a new tax plan that has been rushed through congress with little debate, barely vetted and will ironically raise our nation’s debt by trillions. The new tax bill will favor those only at the top 1 percent, does very little to help those in the middle and penalize those who need help the most. In fact, those of us in states like Illinois will lose benefits that favored families and yet will permanently favor those at the top.
We also have in this bill the elimination of the health care mandate that we were told by people such as Hultgren in 2010 was to be so bad. Their position has been proven factually incorrect and with the lack of a health care plan that they said they always had but never did, we will now have millions more uninsured as costs will rise as those without insurance will be paid by those who do.
Speaking of “fascism,” we now have four people charged that are associated with the Trump-Russian scandal that includes Trump’s former national security adviser who plead guilty surrounding these issues ironically the same day the Senate voted on the new tax law. It is amazing to go back and read the quotes, the signs and what they were all protesting about that is ironically now being implemented by the very people they voted into office. The hypocrisy of these people defending the Constitution as they claimed is not only amazing, but their silence today equals acceptance by those who fueled this movement back in 2009.
David R. Edelman