Inequities come from government, too

November 17, 2011

I was glad to see Dan Rodricks mention Congress as a culprit in his column about economic inequality ("Millionaires versus millennials," Nov. 15). Not just Wall Street but both political parties will have to be held accountable if the "99 percent" expect to see any progress.

As I wrote in a recent letter to U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Maryland seems to have a multitude of rules, regulations and other methods to deny poor people the help they need.

I say this from first hand experience, having lived below the poverty level the past two years. I'm attempting to work my way out of this, but with property taxes that have take nearly 50 percent of my earnings, and other relief either being denied or else perpetually pending, this will never happen.

George F. Spicka, Baltimore

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