James T. Hodgkinson repeatedly blasted Republican lawmakers for favoring the “super rich” in two dozen letters to his hometown newspaper from 2008 to 2012.
“There’s a new version of what GOP stands for. It’s not the Grand Old Party anymore. It’s the Greedy One Percenters,” he wrote in a Dec. 28, 2011, letter to the editor of the Belleville News-Democrat in Belleville, Ill. “I wish everyone could see how by changing the tax code, more than 95 percent of this country’s problems could be solved,” he added. “We need to vote all Republicans out of office.”
Hodgkinson, who identified himself as a political independent, was also sometimes critical of Democrats as doing too little on tax reform. But he focused most of his ire on Republicans, and he wrote frequently about income inequality and tax rates, making reference to taxes in nearly every single letter.
“My motto is: ‘Tax em like 1938,’ ” he wrote July 8, 2012, praising high tax rates for the super-rich.
The Great Depression, he alleged in multiple letters, was caused in part by unfair tax rates, and higher tax rates for the wealthy, he said, helped pull America out of the Depression.
“If we don’t want another Great Depression, we should re-elect the man who is working for the working man,” he added.
In 2011, he wrote in to the newspaper praising the Occupy movement that had seized control of squares and public spaces in cities across the country.
“I love seeing the protesters in New York, Boston and other big cities get their voices heard,” he wrote in October 2011. “This should have happened sooner.”
He was a fan of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) well before the 2016 presidential race. “Long live Bernie Sanders,” he wrote at the close of one letter in January 2012.
Though his letters focused on tax reform, he also periodically accused Republicans of harboring “hate,” and he said at one point that today’s “crooked politicians” made him “mad.”
“It’s time for the Republican congressmen to grow up,” he wrote in November 2011. “Maybe if they weren’t so full of hate, they could see what they are doing to this country — selling it to the Chinese just so they can keep more of the millions.”
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