Whether you believe the Republican trillion-and-a-half dollar tax cut is a give-away to the ultra-rich or a plan to provide a trickle-down stimulation to the economy or something else, it's obvious that this tax cut is flawed, if for no other reason than this legislation has considerable opposition.

If the Republicans truly want to pass legislation, use the trillion-and-a-half dollars of increased debt on legislation that has bipartisan support. That legislation would be infrastructure projects. Billions of dollars would be targeted in areas having the greatest unemployment plus extensive drug-decimation. These projects would provide jobs (and increased local, state and federal tax revenue), begin to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure and begin to alleviate drug addiction if it's true that more jobs equal less drug addiction.

A further benefit of infrastructure projects for Republicans is that it fulfills Trump's campaign promises — begin rebuilding our infrastructure, easing drug addiction and adding well-paying jobs to high unemployment areas.

Bob Ellis

Red Lodge

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