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Letters to the Editor

Tax points

January 23, 2012

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To the editor:

Gov. Brownback says he supports programs that:

  1. raise taxes on the bottom 80 percent.

  2. use the proceeds to lower taxes for the top 20 percent.

  3. hit the working poor especially hard.

  4. abolish the earned income tax credit.

  5. for some reason, are expected lead to more future investment and more jobs in Kansas than would any other use of the money.

  6. will find money somewhere to make it up to poor people .

  7. will somehow increase health insurance for poor people.

Each and every part of this program stinks.

  1. Raising taxes on ordinary consumers unnecessarily and during a job recession is just plain stupid. It will reduce sales and put people out of work.

  2. Giving away tax money to the well-off won’t fix the problem. They consume a smaller share of income, creating fewer jobs than any other group.

  3. After 30 years of stagnation for the middle class, this kind of upward income redistribution is just plain upper-class class war.

  4. The earned income tax credit is widely acknowledged as about the best anti-poverty program we have.

  5. Throwing money at the well off creates investment only in fantasy. Real economic development programs target benefits narrowly to jobs and capital investment. 

  6. Historically, Brownback has always chipped away at programs for poor people. He has no credibility to promise poor people any kind of pie in the sky before you die.

  7. Brownback opposes universal coverage for poor people, promised by the Affordable Care Act.

Comments

Liberty_One 2 years, 9 months ago

Some fine points except for two falsehoods:

"They consume a smaller share of income, creating fewer jobs than any other group."

Consumption doesn't create jobs, investment does.

"The earned income tax credit is widely acknowledged as about the best anti-poverty program we have."

Wealth transfer does not fight poverty. Wealth creation is the real solution to poverty.

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jhawkinsf 2 years, 9 months ago

"Consumption doesn't create jobs, investment does." So if I invest in a factory that makes horse drawn carriages, that will create jobs? I don't think so. Both investment and consumption are necessary.

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Eileen Jones 2 years, 9 months ago

Consumption creates jobs. What do you think drives sales?

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jhawkinsf 2 years, 9 months ago

So micro and macro economics are in opposition to each other?
No, they go hand in hand.

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rtwngr 2 years, 9 months ago

Sammy, Sammy, he's our man! If he can't do it no one can! Gooooooooo Sammy!!!!!!

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pace 2 years, 9 months ago

Good letter. Sound reasoning.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 9 months ago

"Consumption doesn't create jobs, investment does."

You sound like many elected officials..... uninformed.

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