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Thomas Minihan

Jefferson City

Dear Editor:

I believe it's now time for the News Tribune to ask for documentation from U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer prior to publishing any of his perspectives on the Opinion page. His most recent lie suggests that his fellow congresspeople "want to tax American companies at a higher rate than foreign competitors." Additionally, he claims they "are incentivizing American companies to move jobs and production overseas by increasing taxes on companies who manufacture their products on American soil."

The congressman was recently corrected by the News Tribune about a claim he made that the U.S. attorney general called parents attending school board meetings domestic terrorists. He has lied in virtually every single perspective I've bothered to read. How far across the line of the Core Values published on page two will this guy have to go before the News Tribune stops publishing his unchecked and unverified comments? It appears that his foremost effort is to scare the readers that subscribe to the News Tribune, not inform them about how he's voting as Kevin McCarty has instructed him to vote.

Here is what I've learned about Luetkemeyer's most recent lie. "President Biden is releasing a Made in America Tax Plan to make sure corporations pay their fair share in taxes and encourage job creation at home. A recent study found that 91 Fortune 500 companies paid $0 in federal taxes on U.S. income in 2018. Another study found that the average corporation paid just eight percent in taxes. Biden believes that profitable corporations should not be able to get away with paying little or no tax by shifting jobs and profits overseas." whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/03/31/fact-sheet-the-american-jobs-plan/

Our congressman wants to pretend he's working for us, not the California congressman, Kevin McCarthy. If he's working for us, why did he not talk about how he voted against Missouri getting millions and millions of dollars for infrastructure? It was good enough for 19 members of the Senate and 13 members of the House from the same political party he associates with, but not good enough for him. How about spending some time making up some lies about why you voted against the interests of your constituents, and with your real boss, Kevin McCarthy, in your next uncorroborated perspective.

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