Vail Daily letter: Too many hands out |

Vail Daily letter: Too many hands out

Bernard Schwartz
Vail CO, Colorado

The Tax Policy Center last week estimated that 45 percent of U.S. households paid not a single dollar in federal income tax for 2010. The Fiscal Times reported last week that “for the first time since the Great Depression, households are receiving more income from the government than they are paying the government in taxes.”

This, in Obamaland, is called job creation. But does anyone believe it works? This allows Obama to spread the wealth around to those who deserve it – clean energy outfits, teachers unions, czars, etc. – and it creates a growing number of voters with little stake in stopping out-of-control government spending. Taxpayers pay and demand results. Freeloaders just say “Give me more.” They have no reason not to. Our present system of progressive taxation erodes the health of our democratic institutions.

Rather than shared responsibility, we have a growing number of people who rely on others to pay. These freeloaders become increasingly disconnected from the cost of government.

Bernard Schwartz


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