|Dear Mr. Hearn,|
Thank you for contacting my Washington, D.C. office. Keeping in contact with my constituents is very important to me, and I appreciate the opportunity to engage with you on such an important topic.In working to reform and improve America’s tax code, it is critical that Congress focus on creating a fair system that rewards hard work, protects working families, and ensures the wealthy pay their fair share. It is my priority to protect New Mexico families, farms, and small businesses, and to encourage economic development throughout our state. This includes fighting for a well-funded Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and rebalancing our tax code to remove tax incentives for the rich created by the GOP Tax Scam in 2017.The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides important services to our country. Besides collecting taxes, the IRS provides tax assistance to taxpayers and combats fraud within the tax system. A May of 2021 report by the Department of Treasury showed that the United States lost nearly $600 billion in 2019, partially due to funding cuts to the IRS. About 70% of the IRS’s budget funds labor, and this workforce is critical to preventing fraud and ensuring every American is held accountable for paying their fair share, including the ultra-wealthy. I support fully funding the IRS so the agency can properly enforce our tax laws.Due in part to the Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, our regressive tax system has allowed the richest among us to pay the lowest in taxes. It is unacceptable that we have a tax system that burdens the middle class, and I am committed to working towards a system that brings back jobs to working Americans and eliminates incentives for corporations who shift their profits overseas. In 2021, President Biden released his Made in America Tax Plan, which would reorient America’s corporate tax structure to make long-overdue investments in our infrastructure and economy. Part of this plan is a proposal to impose a minimum tax on companies that show discrepancies between income reported to the IRS and income publicly reported to stakeholders, to identify and penalize those that aren’t paying their share. Importantly, this includes increasing funding for the IRS to ensure they are able to go after large companies that skirt the rules to make a profit.On March 28th, I was glad to see that President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget proposal built on these priorities and included key mechanisms to ensure that the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share. First, this proposal includes a new tax requiring households with more than $100 million to pay a minimum 20% Federal income tax. Additionally, this proposal rebuilds the tax protections for the working class that were eroded in 2017 by increasing corporate taxes to 28%, which is still the lowest pre-2017 corporate tax rate since World War II. Finally, the proposal encourages investment in the United States by preventing multinational corporations from taking advantage of overseas tax havens to avoid making fair contributions in the United States.As I continue to work with my colleagues to fix America’s broken tax system, I am fighting to close the tax gap and ensure the IRS has the resources it needs to be successful. Please know that I will keep your thoughts in mind as issues related to our tax code come before me in the Senate.Once again, thank you for expressing your concerns on this important matter. I am humbled to serve New Mexico in the Senate, and I look forward to continuing to hear from you. I hope you will consider keeping in contact with me by subscribing to my newsletter here. If you are looking for assistance navigating a federal agency, or would like to speak to a member of my staff in New Mexico, please visit my website here for more information.
Ben Ray Luján
United States Senator
This is my reply:
Dear Senator Ben Ray Luján,
Thank you for the automated response. Hopefully, you can be human enough to respond to this letter with true intelligence and personal attention ?
I must ask, are you broke? Do you need ALL the peasant’s pennies? Or are you part of the current party that is hellbent on bankrupting and controlling every human being on the planet?I understand the Democrat party rhetoric that “rich people don’t pay their fair share of taxes,” is ginned up to shut off the brains of the common Democrat, but I am NOT an ignorant fool with an IQ of 65!!!Your statement, “Due in part to the Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, our regressive tax system has allowed the richest among us to pay the lowest in taxes. It is unacceptable that we have a tax system
that burdens the middle class, and I am committed to working towards a system that brings back jobs to working Americans and eliminates incentives for corporations who shift their profits overseas.” is ridiculous!!
How does making low-income families pay taxes on any annual income that amounts to $600.00 or more from sales of used goods on fb marketplace, Craig’s List, eBay, or yard sales, or flea markets protect the lower- and middle-income families?
Do you honestly think that doing this will make the wealthy “pay their fair share of taxes?” Do you truly believe the high gas and food prices affect the ultra-wealthy? Of course not!!
What are your true intentions with this ludicrous tax? We both know that it won’t affect the wealthy in any way.
High gas and food prices, and unbearable inflation on all products is a tax on the poor and middle class!! It forces them to sell what little things they own just to survive. What happens when the poor run out of things to sell? Where will they live? What will they eat?This new tax is just one more attack on the common man!! People commit suicide from the laws you are passing, and THAT is on your head!! Then again, perhaps that is your goal?
I don’t think you’re an ignorant man, but if you believe what you, or one of your aides or attorneys, has written, then you are delusional! Worse, you think that every one of your constituents is gullible and ignorant.
The ONLY rich people in this state are people like you who, with impunity and without conscience, take advantage of and rob common people!
I ask again, are you broke? Do you need ALL the peasant’s pennies? Otherwise, surely, with such an automated response as you have sent to me, you don’t care about New Mexicans who work hard for little wages.
I am disgusted with you, and those like you: Pharaohs who are bankrupting and enslaving people: crushing them under your heel and destroying this once great nation. May God bless you with the same fate you create for others – 10, 60, and 100-fold.
There is a fine line between incompetence and corruption, which are you?
Respectfully,William E. Hearn