Re “Darrell Issa rebukes California Gov. Jerry Brown on taxes” (sacbee.com, Oct. 27): I am confused by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield. They both lament the high taxes in California, yet by supporting the elimination of deductions for state and local taxes as part of the federal tax overhaul, they are calling for a tax increase for their own voters. Does this sound a little backwards? Just who do they represent: the Republican Party, President Donald Trump and so-called red states? Elimination of these deductions would target blue states, so I think it fair to call it what it is: political retribution. Somebody please calculate the tax increase for each district by California Republicans who are in line with Issa and McCarthy so that their voters can see just how much their representatives are in their corner. What a joke.
John Briggs, Fair Oaks