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Letter: A vote for Kinzinger is a vote against middle class

To the Editor:

Mitch McConnell's statement earlier this week makes it perfectly clear that a vote for Adam Kinzinger is a vote to reduce you and your family's Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits. By how much? By as much as a Republican-controlled federal government can push it, very likely including the eventual disintegration of Social Security through privatization.

This has been the Republican plan all along, which economists of all political persuasions knew and stated from the beginning. The plan is simple. Step 1, massive tax cuts to benefit corporations and the rich. Step 2, reduction or elimination of programs protecting the ordinary Americans to offset the radically worsened federal deficit. Republicans denied the tax cuts would increase the deficit. That was a cynical lie.

In a recent poll, 21 percent of Americans said the tax cuts had benefited them; 63 percent said it hadn't. Statistics indicate that 60 percent of retirees depend on Social Security for more than half of their income. Despite this, Republicans have promised a second tax cut for the rich and their billionaire donors.

Adam Kinzinger is an integral part of the Republican assault on the middle class. Without Republican congressmen like him, it couldn't happen. Vote Nov. 6 for Sara Dada, a common-sense, independent-minded woman committed to defend Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in the war McConnell has promised against them.

Donald Henderson

DeKalb

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