A taxing decision

Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 27, 2003 at 10:55 p.m.

Citizens must be concerned about the financial status of our national, state and local governments.

At present, the costs of normal governmental activities in our nation and many of our states are exceeding their incomes, requiring budget cuts or the curtailment of many desirable programs, such as public education, health care and so on.

It is disheartening to know that our government has been pursuing a program of tax cuts and deficit spending. Our upcoming huge increases in potential war expenditures will add trillions of dollars to our national debt.

It has been obvious that most of our taxes and policies favor the more wealthy. There is a great need to develop fair and equitable taxing and budgeting laws for all of our citizens.

After reasonable adjustments for cost-of-living expenses, income taxes should then be based on the ability of citizens to help pay for reasonable governmental costs, including better standards for our poor and lower-class citizens.

Increasing levels of taxing based on incomes in excess of average living costs should be reasonable in maintaining a truly democratic country.

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