I am troubled when, once again, I hear Ms. Fox-Allen cloud the issue of political disagreement and opposition to the government’s excessive tax and spend programs with unsubstantiated charges of racism. (“But some will never accept that (sic)he been successful thus far, or that an African-American is the democratically elected President. They will never cooperate with this president.” – May 5, 2001 Letters to the Editor) Because of limited space let’s just talk about one issue. You talk about the Bush tax cuts expiring and “Shouldn’t the wealthy pay their fair share?” Who gets to determine what that fair share is…you? For someone who expounds “Use common sense and learn the truth” you should follow your own advice. So let’s talk facts. The Treasury Department’s own analysis of how much the rich would have paid without the Bush tax cuts and how much they actually did pay, says the rich are now paying more than they would have paid, not less, after the Bush investment tax cuts. According to the United States Treasury the latest data show that the wealthiest one percent of the population earns 19 percent of the income but pays 37 percent of the income tax. The top 10 percent of wage earners pay 68 percent of the tab. How much more of their “fair share” do you want them to pay? Meanwhile, the bottom 50 percent—those below the median income level—now earn 13 percent of the income but pay just three percent of the tax. The bottom 40 percent, on average, makes a profit from the federal income tax, meaning they get more money in tax credits than they would otherwise owe in taxes. For those people, the government sends them a check. This is not a tax break for 95 percent of the American people (as the President promised), it’s a give-away of the wealth other people have worked hard for – redistribution. If you think that’s fair then why not incorporate that into our failing educational system. Let’s take all the students that have worked hard all year long and achieved an A overall and all the students that haven’t worked at all and are failing. Not fair you say. Let’s just take some of the A student’s grades and give them to the failing students so that everyone gets a C for the year. If that’s your idea of fair share…count me out!
Bill DiMonda Lake Stevens Lake Stevens Food Bank thanks community Dear Editor,
Thank you – thank you – thank you! The Postal food drive was a huge success this year. Our gratitude to the Postal Department, especially the mail delivery personnel, for their hard days work. All the volunteers, the Boy Scouts and high school students that came and helped that day, thank you as well. We couldn’t have done it without you. And a special thanks to everyone that donated food, it takes the community to make it a success. P.S. Watch for the Lake Stevens Food Train at the Farmer’s Market.