Scott Eells, Bloomberg
In his article "Obama's voice reflects American values, future," Richard Davis reviews proposals made by President Obama (Feb. 20). Davis states that "these proposals don't sound alien" — they embrace "American traditions," are "pragmatic initiatives to challenges America faces," call on Americans "to sacrifice for the national interest," are "for continuing care for each other" and urge us "to work together to solve our problems."
Here is a suggestion to reach the ideals of working together, sacrificing, caring for each other, etc. What if the 47 million or so workers that do not pay any taxes had to pay a minimum, perhaps $500 per year, so our nation would have more? These monies would help address national expenses and/or pay down our debt (freeing interest monies). Currently, about 90 percent of all income taxes are paid by 25 percent of the workers; it would be pragmatic, demonstrate care for each other and working together if all contributed. An alien idea? Hardly. It is taken from the same foundation of many American laws and principles. We can work together to be, as Davis states, "the authors of the next great chapter in our American story."
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