john biggers 
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Re: “Regressive Direction

Jim: Thanks, once again, for an article that should awaken the "average voter-citizen" as we deal with these troubling times. I am talking about the positions of congressional candidates who are seeking to unseat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords; Republicans all; but the party label hardly tells the story, since each one is mainly interested only in getting elected, so the campaign statements are merely devices to attract attention to otherwise lackluster office-seekers. They all need to consult the words of wisdom of Warren Buffet, one of the world's wealthiest men, who says that he pays less, percentage-wise, in income tax than does his secretary; given all of the breaks that tax laws provide the "smarter" taxpayers with the larger incomes, and the very people who can hire the "smart" tax advisers to take advantages of the tax breaks that a U.S. Congress consistently appeases the upper classes with tax laws that favor the wealthy. They can assuage the average voters into thinking that a truly fair tax structure is a "redistribution of wealth", a very naughty thing in a "free society"; even Socialistic. Thus, idiotic movements, e.g., "tea partiers", who wouldn't know what the real tea party effort was if it bit them in the ankle. Regressive taxes, such as property and sales taxes, which are better for the rich, keep on "keeping on"; and the so-called flat rate tax is a blatant continuation of this system. Of course, to save our schools we must vote for the 1% sale tax hike this year, awful as it is; but, again it is because the reactionary "Maricopa" legislature, in contrast to a genuine "Arizona" legislature, would not forthrightly face the real challenges and options to fixing our state tax system. Jim, keep up the good work.
John Biggers

Posted by john biggers on 04/15/2010 at 12:16 PM

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