Re "Ryan's budget pulls us back to solvency" (Letters, April 4): Paul Ryan's goal to reduce the deficit is worthy but cuts the wrong programs. Corporate tax loopholes and subsidies costs us about $2 trillion annually that could be used to reduce the deficit, repair our infrastructure and create jobs.
Why isn't our bloated military budget, including the F35 boondoggle, being reduced? This emphasis on cutting social programs is misguided. If corporations and the super rich were paying the same 35 percent tax rate you and I pay, we wouldn't have massive student loan debt, because higher education would be affordable. We wouldn't have so many mentally ill people on the streets and in prisons, because they'd have some place to go.
Austerity only hurts the poor and middle class while the rich laugh all the way to the bank, and both the Republican and Democratic parties are complicit in creating the problem.
-- Dawn Wolfson, Cameron Park