In the war against poverty, U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin is apparently siding with poverty. The Republican tax plan that the congressman voted for gives an average of $320,000 to each of the richest 0.1 percent of the population.

At a time when Republicans are insisting that we can’t afford to feed the poor, give health care to the sick or educate children, we suddenly have $320,000 to give to each wealthy family in the United States? It’s unconscionable.

To put that in perspective, you can give one family the $320,000, or you can feed 1,200 children for two months through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. That’s enough to feed all of Bangor High School for two months.

You can give one family the $320,000, or you can give nearly 50 people an entire year of life-saving health insurance.

You can give one family the $320,000, or you can put eight more teachers in underserved schools.

Valerie Walker


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