Re Doug Ross letter, "End policies that aid only rich," Sept. 9:
The top 60 percent of income earners pay 95 percent of federal taxes. The bottom 40 percent receive more from the government than they pay in tax. (Journal of American Enterprise, November 2009)
I am uneasy and saddened that many Americans and evidently even our president believe nonconforming higher taxes ought to be charged to individuals who they consider "wealthy," and that this "extra" tax is justified simply because the wealthy have more money than other people do, so presumably they can "afford" to pay it. "It's only fair." To be sure, it is a socialist-leaning concept, which is boiled into the same rotten stewpot that is bubbling along with entitlements, welfare and redistribution of wealth.
What is going on? America's foundation is built on entrepreneurship, capitalist opportunity and free markets. Not socialism. Capitalism encourages personal excellence. Socialism breeds larger government and citizen moochers.
America is not perfect, but, it is an arguable fact that people around the world want to climb our fences because of our famous freedom of personal success. If one is economically poor, he or she may work harder and smarter to open doors of opportunity. There are nearly free (tax-supported) educational courses all over America. Don't know how to move up? Get a better education. You too can claim your stake.
Stop whining and get to work! Every day penniless emigrants arrive in America, find jobs that they are eager to do, and many of them rise from poverty because they actually partake in our wonderful capitalist system. These oppressed actually recognize and grab opportunities that our own ill-tempered natural citizens fail to even be interested in. Maybe it is time for you to stop blaming the wealthy and successful folks who have embraced the system and join them in your own personal success.
Not to suggest that our wonderful country should ignore the elderly and disabled. These are the exceptions rescued by the "safety net," and Americans, with grace and charity for our less fortunate, should, and usually do, share benevolence for basic needs. But the liberality to the able should be limited, lest it become the slippery path of least resistance. It scares me to see that some think there is some moral obligation to "balance" the wealth by distributing handouts to moochers.
If you can think, walk, talk and, especially, work, then get out of the cheese lines and get busy making your own financial dreams come true. Opportunities are everywhere in America. Take a job, maybe one you don't like, but do it better than the next guy does. Get recognized by your boss.
America's small business owners who may or may not have become wealthy took huge personal and financial risks to build their companies. Most invested dear savings to achieve their dreams, personally signed financial guarantees, and worked many more long hours even after their employees had clocked out. It is all with the idea that hard work and inspiration promises success. And America is great because of that.
Incredible American entrepreneurs with winning business ideas are the ones responsible for the creation of new job opportunities for you, and, when payday rolls around, the business owner gets paid last ... that is, if there is anything left. So, finally, if, or when there is profit, it should be rightly and fairly taxed in the same way equally across the board. That is the reward of investment and risk.
Simply living in America does not guarantee you personal economic success; rather, it offers you a proven system to succeed. And when you do succeed, and after you pay your fair tax on income, the financial reward and pride of success should be yours without guilt.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.