It seems that socialism has totally seeped into the brains of the Democratic Party. They now seem to believe that the federal government owns all private property and citizens and corporations don't actually own their income, nor their wealth. All property is now owned by that state.

How else can we explain the mindless mantra spewed by party leaders like the socialist Bernie Sanders, who said about the Donald Trump tax bill, "What we are seeing today in an unprecedented way; is the looting of the federal Treasury."

Elizabeth Warren was even more bizarre when she said, "The bill that the Republicans jammed through the Senate ... isn't tax reform. It's a heist. Let's call this out for what it is: Government for sale."

According to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, an estimated 80.4 percent of taxpayers will receive an average tax break of $2,140. Are these millions of Americans "looting" the U.S Treasury? Most Americans don't think like the Democratic Party. They know that they are the rightful owners of the wealth they created — not the federal government. They also feel that they make better decisions on how to spend their money than the mindless bureaucrats in Washington.

The right to private property is guaranteed by the Constitution. Senators Sanders and Warren and other Democratic leaders needn't look very far to see the results of their socialist dogma — look at the failed states of Venezuela and Cuba.

It is natural that the Democrats and their supporters in the media will try to disparage the Trump tax bill, nothing new here, just politics as usual. But when the middle class sees their paychecks in January with lower federal withholding and more money in their pockets they are not going to feel that they "looted" the Treasury.

Tom Hammerel, Bismarck

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