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Is Ted Budd a hypocrite?

Is Ted Budd a hypocrite?

To the Editor: Ted Budd is one of the wealthiest U.S. politicians. He and his family have received millions of dollars from the government. However he sees this as OK. But God forbid if the middle and lower class receive any government money or savings.

Ted and his family received over $10 million in PPP. He thinks that is OK. His family was heavily involved in the bankruptcy of AgriBiotech (which cost the farmers millions of dollars); however, somehow he and his family made money as a result of the bankruptcy. He seems to think that is OK. 

He benefited from the Trump tax cuts for the rich and it cost the government over $1.7 trillion. He thinks that is OK. However, he now supports raising taxes on everyone. Yes, that includes the middle and lower class. Maybe he feels that would compensate for the tremendous loss from lowering taxes on the rich? He opposed the Student Loan Forgiveness Act which may cost upwards of $240 billion over 10 years. This benefits the lower and middle class, not the wealthy. Hypocritical?

He is pro-life and supports a national law preventing abortions regardless of incest, rape, women's health, baby’s health etc. He supports the Second Amendment and opposes many of the common-sense changes such as more money for mental health issues etc. His philosophy is to give more guns to everybody so they can protect themselves and others. He opposes Biden’s $80 billion plan to boost IRS over the next 10 years which some of the funds would provide more auditors to audit wealthy tax returns. He voted against lowering drug prices.

Cheri Beasley believes abortion is a women’s right, and does not agree with most, if not all the issues Ted Budd supports. Cheri Beasley has worked as a public defender and judge, serving on the court of appeals, and was appointed to the N.C. Supreme Court, and was appointed Chief Justice by Gov. Roy Cooper. I am unaffiliated, but after researching the backgrounds of both candidates, Cheri Beasley gets my vote.

Ron Rookstool

Maggie Valley

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