Published: Sunday, Sept. 23 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
This letter is absolute claptrap. In the Eisenhower years, corporate taxes
constituted 25% of all federal revenues, the figure today is 6%, a 75%
reduction. The top marginal income tax rate was 91%, today it is 35%. The share
of national income going to the top 1% has tripled, while their effective tax
rate has been cut in half. Every single thing in this letter is
completely backwards, it's the reverse of the truth.
This argument falls under the weight of history and its own internal
inconsistency. If the first proposition is true, that "[t]he U.S. economy
is the greatest in the world and the very best system in the history of the
world in providing prosperity to the most people," then it cannot follow
that realtive success is punished and mediocrity is rewarded by progressively
greater taxation, because progressive tax rates and regulation have been in
place for decades, yet the economy has still provided prosperity for many over
the long term. In fact, it would make more logical sense to say that the
economic decline for vast numbers of people in the middle class in recent years,
coupled with the growing enrichment of the upper class during the same period,
is a result of historically low taxes for the wealthy.
1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealth out
of prosperity2. What one person receives without working for, another
person must work for without receiving3. The government cannot give to
anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.5. When half of the people
get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to
take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to
work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the
beginning of the end of any nation.
This is such nonsense. Other than spouting campaign rhetoric and talking points,
there is not one shred of evidence. I'm getting weary of these lies.
As we retreat again into a fantasy world...Can I also say that paying
taxes isn't a fine, it isn't a penalty, it isn't a punishment,
it's a privilege. It's an honor, to get to be a US citizen, and
support our constitutional government.
I'm going to use this argument with my next speeding ticket. "It's
not a fine, it's a tax!!" With these words I shall enlist the
sympathies of the freedom loving traffic court judge. "It's an
unnecessary levy on my business! An interference on my sucessful driving skills
by an administration that's gotten out of control!" I will continue. I
wonder how that will work?
The Supreme Court said that a fine is a tax, not me. Lower taxes boost the
economy. The liberals always dismiss the argument by calling names rather than
putting forth their reasons and proof.
So, Blaine, is the solution then to reward those who succeed and penalize those
who cannot, even though the unsuccessful would like to succeed and try their
best to? That appears to be the current Republican solution. Or do we just not
tax anybody? If lower tax rates spur economic growth and produce more, not less,
tax revenue, then it only makes sense that reducing rates to zero would be the
optimal tax plan.Mahatma Gandhi identified seven "blunders"
that are causing all the problems in society. At the top of his list was
"wealth without work." And he wasn't referring to those who were
getting help from government to stay afloat. He was talking about the Mitt
Romneys of the world.
You tell em Blaine, tell em like it is. Of course you'll have to change
your philosophy but you can still tell em like it is.
Roland Kayser:When you read the rules for letters and posting to
letter, there is not any mention in the rules that truth and/or accuracy is a
To all my critics. Please respond to what I said and not what I didn't
say. I am not against taxes. Reasonable taxes are reasonable. I didn't
say anything about penalizing the unsuccessful. I am not defending our system.
It has many flaws. All I said was that it is the BEST. If you have another
system you think is better just present your case. And to all of those who just
resort to name calling, just grow up.
Except that Personal income tax is at 60 year lows.EFFECTIVE
corporate tax rates are at the lowest tax rate on record.Obama is
certainly doing a very poor job at punishing the rich. Reagan was MUCH more
BRM:Yes, the first half of the first paragraph in your letter says
USA is number one and why. Then in your post you also say:" I
am not defending our system. It has many flaws. All I said was that it is the
BEST." Confusing. You are not defending our system, but it is the best.Few are looking to establish any other system. Most want to fine tune
some parts of the American economic and political model. You included. There
is a great deal of disagreement on what to fine tune, how much and in what
direction.A major problem with Mr. Romney is that he speaks out of
both sides of his mouth over time and to different audiences. Romney care is
good. Romney/Obama care is bad. Abortion, guns, marriage, etc.Yes
Mr. Obama's has had four year of mediocre performance. Should he be given
4 more years by the American voter that actually votes?The choice is
somewhat between Tweedledum and Tweedledee. But I am finally off the
fence. I have a check in the mail to the Obama Victory Fund 2012The
donation is for $47.00.
Well if republicans have their way, the labor class will do all the work and pay
all the taxes.
Another $47 donation made.
W Gronberg & screwdriver have wasted their $$$ IMO.Why support
yet another Ivy Leaguer & get more of the same!?Gary Johnson
Obama said it himself! He is all about redistribution of income and private
property. That is HIS version of fair, and If he could ever bring himself to
tell the truth ( doubt it't possible), most likely his biggest
disappointment over the past 3 1/2 years. Not doing more to punish prosperity
and reward non achievers through redistribution!
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