Re: “Collins calls stimulus meeting with Biden ‘very useful’ ” (Feb. 2, Page A1):

Staff Writer Eric Russell’s article on the Republican pandemic stimulus package quotes Maine Sen. Susan Collins saying, “We need those funds to be targeted.” Indeed we do, but where was Collins’ concern when she voted for the 2001 Bush tax cut? According to The Washington Post, 30 percent of those tax cuts went to the top 1 percent, and 43 percent went to the 80-99 percent bracket, leaving only 27 percent for the bottom 79 percent of earners. So much for targeting.

And where was Collins’ concern when she voted for the Trump 2017 tax cut, which also overwhelming favored the rich? According to New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, 79 percent of those tax cuts went to people making more than $100,000 a year, and those making more than $1 million got more than everyone making less than $75,000 a year. Again, Collins missed the target.

It would seem that Collins’ concern about targeting is reserved for bills proposed by Democrats. So much for Collins’ ever-vaunted moderation.

Lawrence Reichard
Belfast

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