Letters to the Editor

Courage

May 1, 2008

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To the editor:

I see in the April 28 paper that U.S. Reps. Nancy Boyda and Dennis Moore had the courage to vote for those of us who work for a living who believe that the tax breaks should be given to someone other than the top 5 percent. Jim Ryun, Lynn Jenkins and Nick Jordan, their Republican opponents, were quick to jump on this budget resolution vote and proclaim once again that Democrats are the tax-and-spend party.

Do they really believe that Kansans are that stupid? George Bush and his Republican colleagues in Congress, including those from Kansas, have run up a debt that will cost every American $36,000. My great-grandchildren will be paying for this bad joke. They start an unwinnable war, create the largest debt in U.S. history, and cut taxes for the richest 5 percent. To add insult to injury, China is one of the primary countries loaning us the money to stay afloat. Try to imagine what it's going to be like when China demands we pay our debt, or do their bidding.

Thank you, Nancy Boyda and Dennis Moore, for supporting and representing the people of Kansas.

E. Kent Hayes,

Lawrence

Comments

RedwoodCoast 9 years, 5 months ago

My distaste for China continues to develop. My distaste for the Bush administration is well-ripened.

honestypol 9 years, 5 months ago

I believe the first writer wanted to note that all taxes were cut. True. But as Mr. Hayes noted, the greatest benefits went to the very wealthy -- most middle class folks didn't even notice the difference. Our national debt did, though. We went from a budget surplus to a deficit; our debt has increased so much that some economists are wondering about the credit worthiness of the US. (The economic stimulus rebates -- while providing a lot of folks with food and gas money -- only deepen our debt.) And as the original article noted, Democrats are only planning to carry out the original intent of the Republican-crafted legislation, which was to let the tax cuts expire in 2010. So if it's the greatest tax increase in history, it's a "tax increase" that was designed by Republicans. As the original story also pointed out, Representative Boyda and Representative Moore are making sure that the middle class tax cuts are untouched.

situveux1 9 years, 5 months ago

Absolutely, those that work hard and save and make a large income because they worked for it should be punished by paying higher taxes than the rest of us.Please...if you don't like it that some people make a lot of money...go to school and join them. If you don't want to join them, then fine, but quit whining that some folks in this country take some initiative and make some $$$. They worked for it, they put in the long hours to get it, it's theirs!!! not yours!!! and definately not the governments!!!Higher taxes on the rich and tax rebates to people who paid no taxes is nothing more than wealth redistribution...something those in Lawrence know well because it's also called socialism.

Jock Navels 9 years, 5 months ago

situveux1: shallow argument that there are those who work hard and get ahead and those who don't work hard and don't get ahead. That is true, but begs the question. The issue is what about the other maybe 75% of the population (or more)...those who work hard, but barely stay even, let alone get ahead, and those who don't work hard, but get ahead because they have the requisite sleaze, thievery, narcisism, or other trait which can lead to $ without hard work., or are born ahead. I think a one fair answer is to have a progressive income tax. If we didn't temper capitalism at its edges, it would end up winner-take-all. We shied away from that path back in the Theodore Roosevelt days, and well that we did.

RedwoodCoast 9 years, 5 months ago

blue73harley (Anonymous) says: "My distaste for China continues to develop. My distaste for the Bush administration is well-ripened."http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24315615/I saw this same article on the ABC news last night except they didn't bury the fact that Billary could have stopped the sale of the company to Chinese interests during his/hers presidency. How does that taste?-------------------------------How does what taste? You expect me to get upset by that? Sorry. I'm not a Clinton fan, but I still think this bad Bush taste in my mouth will linger for years to come.

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