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Reader Opinion: Complaints about taxes

A couple of times lately, I have heard things that sort of stuck in my craw. One was a person calling in to C-SPAN whining that they had worked hard all their life and raised their kids and sent them to school. Now the opportunity arose for them ...

A couple of times lately, I have heard things that sort of stuck in my craw. One was a person calling in to C-SPAN whining that they had worked hard all their life and raised their kids and sent them to school. Now the opportunity arose for them to make some real money and they were being taxed to death. It reminded me of a recent sermon that I listened to. Two old classmates, each very successful in their own right, were talking. One was in business and making a lot of money the other was a theologist, a renowned surgeon and a philanthropist. The businessman told his friend that he used to tithe but now he just couldn't seem to afford to.

His friend said well I'll pray for you and see if it helps.He immediately began to pray. "Lord could you help my friend by adjusting his income down to a level to which he can afford to tithe again."

I pray for those that cannot afford their fair share of the taxes that their income be adjusted down to where they can afford both their taxes and a tithe for their church. At the end of World War II and during the Korean War we were paying off the wars, educating the country and building the infrastructure. And we balanced the budget. Then we decided to change the tax code to make it less graduated (fair). We started to run deficits. It is very good now for the super rich, good for the rich, not so good for the middle class and terrible for the poor.

Jesse Nix

Emily

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