Letter: People who work, or want to, need vibrant economy, he saysTO THE EDITOR: The rich are not paying their fair share.
By: Tom Winkler, Prescott, Pierce County Herald
TO THE EDITOR: The rich are not paying their fair share.
That’s something I keep hearing from my liberal, class envy friends as Oblame-A ratchets up the hate. Let me make a few points to explain my disgust with that line of thinking.
The tax code has holes, many holes. There are exemptions, deferring payments, deductions and allowances written into the tax code by republicrats and democins for decades. Each side as self-serving and self-absorbed as the next; no news there.
Currently, the federal government runs more than 80 means-tested welfare programs. These programs provide cash, food, housing, cell phones, child care, job training, medical care and social services to poor and low-income people. Roughly a third of the population—100 million people—receive benefits from one or more of these programs. These figures do not include Social Security or Medicare. Government spending on these programs in 2011 came to $927 billion.
I hate defending Romney, but Harry Reid’s throwing unsubstantiated accusation about Romney’s taxes from the floor of the Senate show what kind of buffoon Harry is. The tax code affords people options that lessen their tax burden. If that results in a 15 percent tax rate, that’s how it works. Don’t like it? Elect people who will change the code.
Republicans touted a tax form on a post card, where’s that today?
Class envy says one percent are not paying their fair share, OK, I understand envy. Is it too much to ask that the capable among the 30 percent receiving benefits start to do their fair share? Obama gutted the work-fare provisions from the 1996 Welfare Reform Act. Why promote dependence?
The hope and change we were promised by Obama has done nothing to solve America’s debt problem. People who work, or want to, need a vibrant economy, not more taxes.