Just in time for Christmas, the GOP in Congress is apparently bent on revising the old Christmas classics of "A Christmas Carol" and "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas." For these movie remakes, they are casting themselves as "Ebenezer Scrooge" and "The Grinch," respectively, but without the happy endings of the original movies which portrayed the redemption of these two characters.

These movie remakes are, of course, in reference to the GOP tax bill that they are currently ramming through Congress without debate, in order to say that they accomplished something by the end of the year. Perhaps, a more appropriate movie analogy would be "Robin Hood," but with the twist of the GOP playing the role of a "Reverse Robin Hood," who takes from the poor to give to the rich. The GOP tax bill accomplishes this feat by 1) crushing the ACA, and taking healthcare away from 12 million or more Americans, 2) granting paltry tax cuts to the middle class that are only temporary, while giving much more generous tax cuts to the wealthiest one percent and permanent tax cuts to corporations, and 3) adding $1-2 trillion to the national debt that the GOP will later use as justification to make big cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

And if that isn't mean enough, the GOP is planning to punish the blue states by slashing state, local and mortgage deductions along with deductions for fire damage (California).

Wake up America, and vote these bums out of office!

Richard Thesken

Bakersfield