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Show us your taxes, Romney

Re "Romney says he'll only release 2 tax returns" (July 13):

Why is Mitt Romney refusing to show us his previous tax returns? The previous nominees of both parties have been forthcoming with their tax returns. Is there something he's trying to hide? We need an open and above-board candidate, and that's definitely not Mitt Romney.

- Ben Bronwein, Newhall

Enough hating on Republicans

Re 'Trickle-down' doesn't work" (Letters, July 12):

The letter writer's obvious hatred of all things Republican is becoming pathological. He blames the Bush-era tax cuts for the financial crisis that hit in 2008, when the facts show that tax policy had virtually no causal effect on the failure of the housing industry that resulted in the Great Recession. Mortgage lenders, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, under pressure from Congressional Democrats, awarded home mortgages to borrowers they knew could not repay the loans. When the housing "bubble" finally burst, the taxpayer was handed the bag of debt because the executives at Fannie and Freddie knew that the federal government would not allow them to fail. History has shown that reducing tax rates and reducing uncertainties in the business climate will lead to economic growth. Corporations exist to create profits for their shareholders, which includes millions of Democrats who rely on the investments made by their union pension funds.

- Ralph Paul Jacobs, Long Beach

Anti-Obamacare hysteria

Re "Yay For Obamacare!" (Letters, July 10):

Olga Stoklasa's misinformed assertion as "a middle-income, small business owner" she will save approximately $3,000 a year under the Affordable Care Act by dropping her group insurance does not reflect reality. Small businesses are exempt from the requirement to provide employee health insurance and will receive tax credits to help pay for it. She is not required to provide employee health insurance coverage now, so one has to wonder why she does. Health insurance helps attract and retain top talent and promotes a happy, healthy, productive workforce. How many people would seek other employment if it were dropped? Owners are usually covered under the same group coverage as their employees and pay less than they would individually. Her simplistic analysis reflects the anti-Obamacare hysteria being stirred up by the right, and does not make sense.

- Tad Schmitt, Torrance

Hypocrisy of Harry Reid

Re "Made in China" (July 13):

It would be interesting to see what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was wearing when he made the disparaging remarks about the fact that Ralph Lauren had the uniforms made in China rather then the United States. From his shoes to the top of his head, I am sure that the majority of his clothing was made outside the United States. Reid, along with other politicians, should pass laws, rules and regulations that would correct the inequities regarding manufacturing costs in the U.S. compared with other countries, rather than make comments which show a bit of hypocrisy on the part of the person making the comments.

- Bob Bergstrom, Calabasas

Bigger fish to fry

Re "Made in China" (July 13):

Congress is "furious" about the U.S. Olympic uniforms being manufactured in China, and Harry Reid thinks the Olympic Committee should be "ashamed of themselves." But the larger shame is with President Obama and Congress for allowing China to execute unfair and illegal trade practices. Uniforms aside, there's hardly a peep regarding China's piracy and counterfeiting of American goods and technology. This, along with China's manipulation of the yuan, has put the U. …

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