We now have the spectacle of the emperor marching along in all his finery with 97 faithful senators behind in similar garb.
We also have the possibility of a majority of our representatives joining the parade for fear of upsetting the emperor's march. Questions that I must raise in order to establish the merit of the bill that the Senate passed by a vote of 97 to 3 are as follows:
1--Why were sales taxes singled out as the only excluded deduction for state taxes?
2--Why are timber and oil and gas interests still in the tax-sheltered category?
3--Why are real estate investments being treated as lepers in light of number 2?
4--Why were in excess of 170 entities given special tax treatments?
5--Why was one oil company granted $100 million of relief by a vote of 73-14 by the Senate and another oil company denied relief of $50 millions by a vote of 60-33?
6--Why do the senators show favoritism to the unmarried working couples living together as opposed to the married by eliminating the working spouse deduction, contrary to all religious upbringings?