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Wealthy, big corporations getting too many tax breaks PDF Print E-mail

Dear Editor:

The following is a letter I just sent to Senator Ron Johnson, edited to fit newspaper requirements:

Dear Sen. Johnson:

I came to your site to respond to your email to me which wouldn’t allow me to respond.

You said, “Ten years ago the federal government spent $2 trillion. Last year, we spent $3.5 trillion. Ten years from now, President Obama proposes spending $6 trillion. On our current path, our debt would increase from $16.4 trillion to $26.1 trillion —$76,380 for every man, woman and child in America, compared to $21,549 just 10 years ago.”

To go from $2 trillion to $3.5 trillion in 10 years, or to go from individual debt of $21,000 to $76,000 in 20 years is an increase of roughly 6% per year — a bit less than the increase in wages for the top 2% of our population, yet a considerably higher increase per year than average workers received in their paychecks. When you look at numbers like $21,000 or $76,000 in debt for an average American, those numbers are staggering — especially since average workers’ incomes have not increased.

Most people pay Social Security tax on every penny they earn. Why shouldn’t the wealthy do the same? Why should they get a break once they’ve earned $108,000? Yet, you and other Republicans fight to protect the wealthy.

You continue to fight for tax breaks and subsidies for large corporations. That is by far the biggest welfare scam out there — the idea that for-profit corporations can’t “pull themselves up by the bootstraps” as Republicans suggest welfare recipients do is absurd.

A huge portion of our military spending is due to legislators satisfying the desires of military contractors that support political campaigns and/or are located in certain politicians’ districts — not essential expenditures for the protection of America.

Of 37 industrialized nations, America ranks dead last when it comes to health care and our cost is roughly double what the next most expensive country pays, all while leaving roughly one-sixth of our population with little to no health care coverage. Other countries have implemented better health care programs for their citizens.

Big corporations in general are all for-profit entities that have paid to put you and other Republicans in office because you will all loyally do their bidding. Yes, Democrats are bought and paid for as well, but the difference is, Democrats are largely supported by grass roots organizing and non-profit groups. Those groups include unions, human rights groups, equal rights organizations, environmental groups, clean energy, etc. These are groups primarily supported by the interests of millions of people, not just a few at the top.

The problem with America today isn’t a matter of who gets what tax breaks, who receives government assistance, abortion rights, gay rights, clean energy or any of the issues commonly discussed. There is no such thing as “reasonable debate” over the issues, since you and virtually all of Congress are being paid by big money interests to take specific stands on issues benefitting those powerful interests. It is no wonder why Americans can’t trust politicians.

This country was founded on the premise of “one man/one vote,” yet all those powerful money interests grant extreme power and influence to a wealthy few —far greater than any average American. How can you possibly justify this? How can you look at yourself in the mirror and not recognize sociopathic tendencies?

You are a good “company man” Ron Johnson. Unfortunately, you’re not working for “We, the people.”

Sincerely,

Greg Everett

Conover

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 2:06 PM
 

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-29 #20 2013-04-22 21:50
Mr. Editor, once again you seem fit to exclude PUBLIC information I have gathered about our letter writer, Greg Everett, may I ask why?

If one does not pay there taxes, I feel it is hypocritical of them to ask for others taxes to be raised.

That was the point of my obviously unpublished comments.

Again, although it is your newspaper to do with what you want, and you can be as liberal as you like in the pages within, the truth exists, and it will be made public with or without you.
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-29 #19 2013-04-22 18:43
Amen Greg, all these problems you point out are happening right now and in the last 4 1/2 years in Barak Obama's America with 2 years of democratic control of both houses of congress.

Thank you for reminding Senator Ron Johnson that he needs to continue to his work fighting democrats intent on destroying this nation.

You are correct, it is time to start cleaning up this democratic mess. As you suggest, lets stand behind Senator Johnson in his efforts.
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+28 #18 2013-04-21 03:25
Their called Tea party.Quoting Denny Erardi:
Carl - seriously! I doubt that 42 people actually read my response. The fact that none of these 42 people, other than Greg and K. Swenson have felt strongly enough about their disagreement to jot down a quick rebuttal is fairly telling. And yet again, there are people who do judge their success in life by virtue of the number of fans they have, and the number of little green thumbs up they can accumulate. It's sweet.
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-23 #17 Denny Erardi 2013-04-19 18:33
Carl - seriously! I doubt that 42 people actually read my response. The fact that none of these 42 people, other than Greg and K. Swenson have felt strongly enough about their disagreement to jot down a quick rebuttal is fairly telling. And yet again, there are people who do judge their success in life by virtue of the number of fans they have, and the number of little green thumbs up they can accumulate. It's sweet.
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-28 #16 2013-04-17 19:40
Greg, that is too funny, you run down to your union hall to get your "brothers" to click thumbs down on our truthful, well-reasoned responses to your liberal lies, and you think you have won the argument.

I hope if/when Senator Johnson's aid(s) reads your letter, they do not fall too hard on the floor laughing.

Please explain your signature on the recall petition against Governor Walker.

Please explain your $10 contribution to Illinois Jim Holperin.

You should have stayed silent.
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+29 #15 2013-04-12 09:25
Excellent letter Gregg and well written. "Senator Sunspot" is only interested in lining his own pockets at the expense of you, I and everyone else. There's a reason why if an election were held today he would lose based on the latest polling, people have seen through his divisiveness and unwillingness to work in any type of bipartisan matter. Thing is, he merely an extension of the problem you wrote about. He's all for tax breaks for companies and people like himself but not for the middle class.
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-31 #14 Frank Gabl 2013-04-11 11:25
Greg,

When challenged, you didn’t have the backbone to back up the propaganda in your letter. Yet, after seeing a few comrades supporting your shameless examples of hypocrisy you jumped on to claim some sort of victory?

The fact is, since the socialist won again, the like-minded are coming out of the woods and from under rocks in droves. This leaves only a handful of us with the commitment and persistence to defend the principles that maintains a free society and who happen to relish outing propagandists and hypocrites to help prove our points.

But regardless, only those who truly believe in what they profess, and can back it up, are eager to defend themselves when challenged. And that means they don’t need the phony validation of others to give their statements merit.
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+31 #13 2013-04-10 18:09
I agree with Gregg. If a reader gives a thumbs down to Carl,Frank,Denn y or anyone it obviously means they DON'T agree with that persons comment. Just common sense.
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-36 #12 Denny Erardi 2013-04-10 13:27
Apparently, Greg, you're basing your conclusion that "the people" are in support of you predicated upon the number of little thumbs up or down that have been recorded. That's funny. Would be enlightening to read the opinions of all "the people" who've clicked those thumbs.
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+40 #11 2013-04-09 18:16
I am happy to see that the majority of readers have disagreed with you Carl and also Frank. The people have not backed up your opinions, which makes me feel very good!
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