Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

A Choice Between

When people don’t pay their fair share of taxes, it means either you’ll pay more, or that government doesn’t have enough revenue to support rebuilding, and funding public universities.  Tuition will go up and you’ll have to figure out how to pay for a college education.
Some of the savings from wealthy people paying their fair share in taxes could be used to give tax breaks to working families to pay for child care, send their child to college, or parents saving for retirement.
If Republicans in Congress actually want a stronger middle class, our tax code should be designed to reflect that goal.  During President Obama’s first term in office, taxes were cut by $3,600 for the typical middle-class family.  Middle-class families have paid lower federal income tax rates during his presidency than at any time since the 1950s.
Republican propaganda regarding big-spending, liberal, tax-and-spend Democrats is not true.  In fact, the wealthiest Americans are still paying far lower rates than they have in the past.
When Obama ran for office, he promised to reverse the tax cuts that President George W. Bush put in place for wealthy individuals and he did.  Nevertheless, the top 1 percent are doing better.
Donald Trump’s tax plan would give the top one-tenth of 1 percent a bigger tax cut than the 120 million American households at the bottom.  It would explode our deficits by nearly $10 trillion.  That won’t bring jobs back, and it certainly isn’t fighting for the middle class.
Voters have a choice between more or less inequality.  The choice is between stacking the deck in favor of those, who are doing great or making sure everybody has a chance to succeed.  That’s the economic choice voters will have to make.


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