It's no mystery the "tax-eaters" in Wesley Pruden's recent column roughly correspond to the Democratic base, whereas the "taxpayers" align more with the GOP ("Waiting for the enemy to blink on the debt limit," Politics, Tuesday).
Because 47 percent of American households no longer pay any income tax, it's easy to understand why recent presidential elections so closely mirror this political divide. Those on the receiving end of government largesse are more than happy to have others pick up the tab even if it means calling them greedy when they tire of doing so. Besides, dispensing money from the public trough keeps Democrats in power and it is how they define and express "virtue" in what they see as a morally evolving world.
Not only is spending now virtuous and the pathway to prosperity, but it's patriotic, according to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. Meanwhile, Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat, sees raising taxes as a moral imperative that Jesus would endorse - even if the good congressman occasionally falls short of paying his own. Conveniently ignored by Democrats is the passage in the Good Book that says, "If you don't work, you don't eat," just as they ignore Scriptures that touch on morality as it is traditionally understood. But morality comes from Washington now, and the good citizen is the person who is happy with the hand of a Democrat on his wallet.
THOMAS M. BEATTIE
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