For our benefit, and the sake of transparency in his 2018 campaign, it would be helpful to have some information as to why our Representative Kevin McCarthy:

1. Voted for a healthcare bill that would hurt those who can least afford medical treatment.

2. Voted for a bill that would remove insurance premium subsidies for those unable to afford medical insurance.

3. Voted for a bill that would take away insurance from millions of additional individuals above and beyond those now uninsured.

4. Voted for a bill that would re-create a pool of uninsurables, and a second pool for whom premiums would shoot so high as to be unaffordable.

5. Insisted on using a dynamic budget model to justify the House budget when that model failed and was debunked more than thirty years ago. The trickle down theory of economics sounded good but never worked other than to have profits gained by the rich “trickle down” into stock buy-backs and their investment portfolios.

6. Voted for a bill that taxes college and university tuition waivers as ordinary income making students come up with income tax payments when they can least afford it, and need to be writing papers and studying for midterms and finals. Such a tax will result in students dropping out of their schooling precisely when employers are screaming for better-trained graduates whom they can employ in critical industries. The higher the level of education people have, the more they will make immediately and over their lifetimes to pay increased income and payroll taxes for as long as they’re working.

7. Voted for a plan that eliminates the deductibility of interest paid on student loans.

8. Voted for a bill that eliminates tax deductions for teachers who buy classroom supplies out of their own pockets.

9. Voted for a bill that eliminates the deductibility of state and local taxes.

10. Voted for a bill that reduces the tax deductibility of real-estate taxes.

11. Voted for a bill that sunsets for individuals in ten years but remains in effect for businesses forever.

12. Voted for a bill that projects steeply rising individual taxes after that sunset.

13. Voted for a bill that increases national debt whose interest will be serviced by ever-diminishing remaining discretionary sums. And out of such diminishing remains we must fund a military whose armaments are falling apart for lack of maintenance, repairs, and parts. Whose fleets of ships and planes are but a fraction of what they once were and shrinking and deteriorating. Only 33 percent of Navy and 70 percent of Air Force planes are mission-ready.

14. Supported a plan that withholds federal financial assistance for wildfire and earthquake damage (typically western occurrences) while granting federal assistance for hurricane and flood damage (typically east and gulf coast occurrences).

15. Voted for a plan that eliminates the deductibility of medical expenses which affects the elderly specifically as high consumers of - and payers for - medical care.

16. Did not hold an honest-to-god face-to-face town hall meeting for well over a year despite being asked to, and frequently being home.

17. Voted for a plan that would raise taxes on those earning between $10,000 and $30,000 by 2021.

18. Voted for a plan that would - according to nonpartisan yet conservative-leaning Tax Policy Center - reduce federal revenue by $3.1 trillion over 10 years and $2.2 trillion over the following ten years.

19. Voted for a plan that would give progressively bigger tax cuts percentage-of-income wise the higher one goes on the income scale.

20. Voted for a plan that would eliminate all deductions except for mortgage interest and charitable giving.

21. Eliminated the alternative minimum tax giving a sizeable gift to high-income earners who can afford accountants to pencil-whip their returns to the point of paying next to nothing, or nothing.

22. Left carried interest income tax intact for the very wealthy.

23. Voted for mutually-reinforcing health and tax plans that cannibalized Medicare and Medicaid while gifting the wealthy very tidy sums of cash.

There’s a whole lot more Kevin needs to explain, especially who his constituents are: we of his district, or he, advancing himself.

Dr. Brik McDill of Bakersfield is a retired psychologist.

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