Letters to the Editor

Letter: Tax reform

April 1, 2014


To the editor:

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins has repeatedly argued that our nation’s tax code is too complex and costly, burdens small businesses and makes all U.S. companies less competitive against their foreign counterparts. Rep. Jenkins advocates for comprehensive reform of the code.

I applaud her for taking this stand and couldn’t agree more with her call for reform.

 That’s why I was so pleased last month when Congress’s tax-writing committee offered a roadmap to reform. If this plan passed, 95 percent of Americans would be able to get their taxes done using the IRS’s simplest form.

What a relief this would be for small business owners like my husband and me! Our representatives in Washington should take a good look at this plan and debate it. An open, honest debate about tax reform is long overdue and would provide small business owners with some hope that our tax code will soon be improved in a way that will lower our compliance burdens and allow us to invest more of our hard-earned money and time back into our companies and our employees.


Richard Heckler 4 years, 2 months ago

Lynn Jenkins does not represent tax reform. Never has never will. Lynn Jenkins does represent political rhetoric and nonsense.

Lynn Jenkins also represents the party that consistently brings the nation a pattern of economic chaos documented over the past 34 years.

For example.

The GOP helps surrogates and lobbyists for corporations to draft and promote state bills which:

  • wages war on women

• gut environmental laws

• create a regressive tax system

• eliminate workers’ rights = lower wages

• undermine universal and affordable health care

• privatize public education

• chip away at voting rights.


United States of ALEC http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/27/the_united_states_of_alec_bill

Richard Heckler 4 years, 2 months ago

The GOP has been waging war against the USA economy for 34 years. The pattern is well established.

--- WAGING WAR AGAINST USA ECONOMY. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/09/did-republicans-deliberately-crash-us-economy

--- The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

--- Bush family of politicians "Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocates for total global military domination. Many PNAC members held highest-level positions in the George W. Bush administration. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Project_for_the_New_American_Century

--- The Bush/Cheney Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

--- What did Bush and Henry Paulson do with the $700 billion of bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

--- Why did GW Bush Lie About Social Security?( This would cost taxpayers $4 trillion,place taxpayers insurance money at risk and wreck the economy) http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0111orr.html

--- Still A Bad Idea – Bush Tax Cuts - The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

--- WAGING WAR AGAINST USA ECONOMY. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/09/did-republicans-deliberately-crash-us-economy

Greg Cooper 4 years, 2 months ago

Ms. Boyer, I agree with you that the US Tax Code needs reforming. There is much that can be easily repaired, leading to simpler tax rules for ALL citizens, including you of the small business bloc.

But, let me ask you a question, if you don't mind. Since you, as an owner of a small business in Kansas, now pay fewer tax dollars under the Brownback "Roadmap", how many new emoployees have you hired with your new-found extra money? After all, isn't that the reason for lowering your tax rate to less than those of the workers you employ? Can you point to any study that indicates that businesses are flocking to Kansas as a result of lower small business taxes? Can you quote any study hat says that business investment in equipment and infrastructure has risen as a result of this lower tax structure? After all, those were cogent points of the argument for the lower tax rates, right?

Do NOT get me wrong: I am pleased that you want to simplify the Code. I only wish that people who want that change seem not to speak in terms of the entire citizenry but in terms of their own businesses. Something rings empty in your plea for change.

Bob Smith 4 years, 2 months ago

The role of Ronald Reagan in the death of Christopher Marlowe has never been fully investigated.

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