Zachary J. Baeseman, M.D., Waupaca, Wis.
The federal tax bill could grow the economy, but it's unlikely. The GOP argues that if the wealthy get a tax break, corporations will create jobs. This policy hasn't worked in the past. To grow the economy, large corporations would need to choose to invest in people. Unlikely given the increase in financial overhead by paying more for employer sponsored health care. When you have money, there are easier ways of making money like national mergers, investing in a politician, bubble financial investments or virtual currencies like Bitcoin.
The great Wisconsin tradition of "Deer Camp" is here. Our camp is approaching 40 years of benign bravado with stories of old buck camps and the hopes of a new great hunt. You had to be at least 9 years old to begin a tradition all of my brothers, my nephews and I experienced. We began with our dad or grandpa and were allowed to carry a pellet gun. We were expected to make wood, get camp groceries and make sandwiches just like all of the other buck hunters. After being proctored by our camp elders for three years, we were allowed to carry a rifle if we were safe at 12.
Our Country is divided over the symbols that represent us and the substance that makes us Americans. You are all respectively right, and this conversation is wrong. I am disgusted by the NFL protests with kneeling because it starts an important conversation with an artificial division within our current political revolution. We aren't even debating the same thing.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to work and live at an intersection of several different social and financial classes in our society, and believe me, there are many more that exist in which I have not been exposed. I am fortunate in this regard because my profession transcends class to a large extent; a family doctor has equal value to the populace regardless of any aspect of income or social class. Equally so, my oath of medicine places me squarely in the middle of all of my patients' interests and worldviews, as varied as that may be.