Your View: People support tax hikes on upper incomes

Dec. 10, 2012 @ 01:02 AM

Congress has an obligation to the American people to figure out a way to lower the deficit without slowing our country’s economic recovery. I hope other taxpayers will join me in urging our representatives to do their job.
In their decision making, certain facts should be known (facts, not political talking points).
Everyone believes we should fix the debt.
According to the Pew Research Center, 64 percent of Americans support raising taxes on incomes over $250,000 per year. This is income, not people. A millionaire would still have a tax cut on income up to $250,000 and then an increase on income above that amount.
The best solution to fixing the debt is to get the economy moving. Put people to work fixing the infrastructure, building schools, and upgrading the power grid. Unemployed people don’t pay taxes if they don’t have an income.
The Senate has already approved extending the Bush tax cuts for the lower 98 percent and the president is ready to sign the bill. House Republicans need to act.
Small businesses would not be harmed; 97 percent of all small businesses are under the $250,000 threshold.
Social Security has helped finance deficit spending for the rest of government, not contributing to the deficit. Therefore, any cash flow problems should be viewed as a deficit in the general fund rather than Social Security. I started working when I was barely 16 years old and worked for 40 years. Every paycheck had a deduction for Social Security. The Baby Boomers are going to need a lot because there are a lot of them. But remember, a lot more of them paid into the system for years. Yes, we are now “entitled.”
Ending the Bush tax cuts for the top 2 percent means a return to the Clinton-era tax rates when the economy was booming and their was a surplus in the budget.

Letter had no redeeming factors
Regarding the letter “Can a Muslim be a ‘good’ American?” published Dec. 5, I suggest the letter has no redeeming factors. It is discriminatory; it foster fear, almost hatred toward Muslims.
In my opinion, the letter contributes nothing to a meaningful, respectful dialogue. And the bar on our president is uncalled for. The Enterprise knows better and I suspect the writer does.
I see no purpose in such a letter being printed. It is insulting to a minority. This letter reflects poorly on the writer but equally on the HPE for printing it.
High Point

Stop giving money to Eqypt, Middle East
“’Our’’ federal government has been giving billions of dollars to Egypt for years. They gave billions when Hosni Mubarak was dictator, now they are giving billions to the new dictator, Mohammed Morsi. Our government doesn’t seem to care if the Egyptian dictatorship is military, civilian, secular or religious.
For some reason the Republican and Democratic parties that rule our government think that it is alright to support some dictators. I think that our government should oppose ALL dictators, warlords, despots and tyrants. Our government should cut off all foreign aid to all dictators. In fact our government should cut off all foreign aid to the Middle East.



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