By Thomas Critchfield
I’m a small business owner and an engineer by trade, so I make my business and economic decisions based largely on facts and numbers.
Thirty-one years ago, I graduated from the Virginia Tech College of Engineering and embraced the Republican Party because I shared its values of personal responsibility, hard work and economic progress. The Republican policies of that time included some measures that would benefit the very rich, including a dramatic reduction in the marginal tax rates on the highest income earners, which had varied from 70 percent to above 90 percent in the prior decades.
Critchfield is an engineer and the owner/operator of Critchfield Structural Solutions, LLC, a structural engineering firm in Reston.