I appreciate the two front page articles in the April 13 edition which makes so clear the decisions that are facing us in the upcoming elections. I am speaking of the articles that detailed the crisis we face in education and the heartbreaking facts regarding health insurance in Gila County.
It seems that so much attention has been focused at the groups that say “Taxed Enough Already” and not enough attention to the real facts.
The facts are that we are being taxed at a lower rate than has existed in decades. Even Reagan realized that enough tax revenue was necessary to fund the elements of our society that make us great, and that is why he raised taxes numerous times.
One political party wants us to believe that revenue doesn’t matter, that only the spending is the problem. But there has to be a balance between the two — otherwise you end up like we are now — not having the funding for our children’s education and allowing 45,000 Americans a year to die because of the lack of health care.
Perhaps the politicians don’t worry about those things — their children can afford to go to private schools and they have very good government-provided health insurance, so cutting back on those items may seem like a fair trade for giving tax cuts and subsidies to corporations and keeping the Bush Tax Cuts in place for the wealthiest among us. And, if the Ryan Budget Plan goes through, then Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security will be the next victims.
The Democrats have tried numerous times to change the policies that favor the rich and add to the deficit, but the Republicans push back each time. Democrats even tried to pass “the Buffet Plan,” which said that the rich bosses should not be able to pay a lower tax rate than their secretaries. Seems like a no-brainer, right? However, the Republicans even blocked that.
I think it is time for us to decide — what are the values that we want to support? Are the rich more important than our children and our fellow Americans that have to face each day wondering whether they will be able to provide health care for themselves?
Why is wealth taxed at a lower rate than work? When did someone who opens and cashes a dividend check become entitled to lower taxes than someone who opens and cashes a paycheck?