Up & Coming Weekly

November 09, 2021

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4 UCW NOVEMBER 10-16, 2021 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM STAFF PUBLISHER Bill Bowman Bill@upandcomingweekly.com OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Paulette Naylor accounting@upandcomingweekly.com EDITOR Emily Sussman editor@upandcomingweekly.com EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Hannah Lee assistanteditor@upandcomingweekly. com PRODUCTION MANAGER/ GRAPHIC DESIGNER Dylan Hooker art@upandcomingweekly.com STAFF WRITER Elaina J. Martin REPORTER Jeff Thompson MARKETING ASSOCIATE Linda McAlister Brown linda@upandcomingweekly.com DISTRIBUTION MANAGER/SALES ADMINISTRATOR Laurel Handforth laurel@upandcomingweekly.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Margaret Dickson, Pitt Dickey, Kathleen Ramsey, Richard Hudson COVER Design by Dylan Hooker Up & Coming Weekly www.upandcomingweekly.com 208 Rowan St. P.O. Box 53461 Fayetteville, NC 28305 PHONE: 910-484-6200- FAX: 910-484-9218 Up & Coming Weekly is a "Quality of Life" publication with local features, news and information on what's happening in and around the Fayetteville/Cumberland County community. Up & Coming Weekly is published weekly on Wednesdays. Up & Coming Weekly welcomes manuscripts, photographs and artwork for publication consideration, but assumes no responsibility for them. We cannot accept responsibility for the return of unsolicited manuscripts or material. Opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. The publisher reserves the right to edit or reject copy submitted for publication. Up & Coming Weekly is free of charge and distributed at indoor and outdoor locations throughout Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Pope Army Airfield, Hope Mills and Spring Lake. Readers are limited to one copy per person. © 2020 by F&B Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction or use of editorial or advertisements without permission is strictly prohibited. Various ads with art graphics designed with elements from: vecteezy.com and freepik.com. PUBLISHER'S PEN 82 64 82 83 79 82 63 64 83 66 64 65 THU NOV 11 FRI NOV 12 SAT NOV 13 SUN NOV 14 MON NOV 15 TUE NOV 16 73 54 75 55 66 43 62 40 62 40 62 42 Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny Partly Cloudy Showers Sunny Association of Community Publishers President Ronald Reagan wisely said, "We don't have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven't taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much." Today, our national debt is an un- fathomable $29 trillion, and President Reagan's warning has never been more true. It's no secret that President Joe Biden and Washington Democrats are addicted to spending your hard- earned money. eir so-called "Rec- onciliation Plan" is a prime example. is massive entitlement and climate change bill, a radical proposal written by Bernie Sanders, will transform our society into something we don't rec- ognize and will cripple our economy. Washington Democrats have been working to finalize their bill behind closed doors — hiding details of the massive plan from you, the American people. Yet this is not the first time they have tried this trick. In 2010, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi infamously said Democrats had to pass Obamacare into law for you to find out what was in it. Fast forward to 2021 and here we go again. While their plan has changed throughout the last month, one thing is clear: it is a massive expansion of government control over your life from the cradle to the grave. To pay for it, their proposals have included $2.1 trillion in new tax hikes. e plan would punish families by raising taxes on 75% of the middle class. It raises the business tax rate to among the highest in the developed world, well above communist China's. We all know these businesses will be forced to pass those costs along to you and it means less job opportunities. In fact, this tax increase will force lower and middle-income taxpay- ers to shoulder 66.3% of the huge corporate tax increases. It also raises taxes on 1.4 million small businesses which employ 12.5 million American workers. While they have discussed numerous tax gimmicks to target bil- lionaires, in reality their plan would give tax breaks to the wealthy, provid- ing families earning $800,000 with $118,000 in tax credits. While their elite friends get tax breaks, Democrats plan to further punish you by raising the costs to fill your car or heat your home. Home energy bills are already ex- pected to increase by 54% this winter! A new natural gas tax included in their bill would increase your heating bills by an additional $242 per year. Another new tax on energy produc- ers could cost up to 90,000 Americans their jobs. As if all of this wasn't enough, President Biden's proposal will use taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. It would grant amnesty to more than 8 million illegal immigrants. $80 billion is spent to hire 85,000 new IRS agents to monitor your bank account if you spend just $28 a day. What's worse – President Biden has tied this massive entitlement bill to infrastructure legislation. ere is massive bipartisan support for invest- ing in our roads, bridges, ports and broadband. Yet just 10% of their $1.5 trillion 'in- frastructure' bill is devoted to infra- structure while the rest is devoted to propping up radical Green New Deal climate provisions. Rest assured, I oppose both bills because they are the wrong solutions and the wrong time. Just last week we learned that economic growth in the last quarter slowed to a dismal 2% - the worst since our economy began to reopen after the pandemic. Gas prices in North Carolina jumped 14 cents per gallon, tied for the largest spike in the nation. Supply chain issues and inflation are clearly taking a toll on families and our economy. I cannot support trillions in new spending and taxes that will only make Biden's economic, energy and inflation crises worse. We need to get government out of the way, get Americans back to work, encourage energy production here in the U.S., and cut government spend- ing and taxes. While many in Washington argue how much to tax you and how large to grow government, I will always stand up for you and your family. REP. RICHARD HUDSON, R-N.C. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200. Photo courtesy of Pexels Plan will worsen ecomomic, energy, inf lation crises by RICHARD HUDSON

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