Letter: Protecting Americans


The letter to the editor titled “Invited to a tea party (8/30)” contained little more than party-line rhetoric.

First, taxing businesses that ship jobs overseas is not patriotic, it’s protectionism and it will only serve the purpose of making those firms pack up whatever business (and jobs) they might have had left in the US and take it elsewhere, further depressing our already recessed economy.

Right now the top 50 percent of income earners in America pay roughly 95 percent of the income taxes.

Despite this, we are still in tremendous debt. Even if all the millionaires and richer were taxed at 100 percent of their income, it would not solve the debt problem.

I am tired of hearing ignorant liberals say something to the effect of “the rich don’t pay their fair share.”

What is a fair share of the tax revenue? 96 percent? 100 percent?

Give me a number.

Currently, those who make between $200,000 and $250,000 (small business owners, doctors, lawyers) work the first 6 months of the year to pay their taxes.

Tell me why those who contribute the most to job provision and prosperity should give more, while those who leech society should give up nothing?

Secondly, a tax on guns would have the following problems:

It would make it harder for law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

Criminals would simply evade the taxes.

Gun crime would go up, not down.

Also, taxes on high demand items create black markets — making criminals out of otherwise law-abiding citizens.

Furthermore, some of the most prominent gun manufacturers are American — taxing them would cost Americans manufacturing jobs.

Michael  Tonks
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.


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