Rich don't like taxes? They should try poverty

May 15, 2012

A recent letter in The Sun claims the rich pay more than their due in taxes ("The wealthy pay more than their fair share," May 14). To support this, Thomas M. Neale writes that "the top 1 percent pay 38 percent of all gross U.S. federal tax revenues." Wow! But wait, they own 40 percent of U.S. wealth, so by Mr. Neale's logic, we should raise their taxes proportionately until they pay the full 40 percent. Well done! Thank you for supporting the Democratic assertion that the wealthiest are not paying their fair share.

As for those freeloading 48 percent who pay no federal income tax at all — gee, after they pay all the other taxes like sales tax that can't be avoided, they don't seem to have enough money left to tax. If Mr. Neale really thinks the poor have it too easy, he's welcome to switch lives with a poor person and see if it's all that fun not having enough income to tax!

Mark Wilson, Eldersburg

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