- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 3, 2009


Whatever the technical merits of his critique of Ed Feulner’s Op-Ed (“Time to bury ‘death tax,’ ” Opinion, Friday) might be, I believe Martin L. Kamerow misses a larger and much more important point (“Don’t bury facts in burial of tax,” Letters, Tuesday).

The underlying assumption of the federal estate (“death”) tax is that what we have earned by the sweat of our brows does not really belong to us. Supporters of the tax are assuming that our earnings really belong to the government and that the government has the right to determine how much it will magnanimously permit us to keep, much like an allowance. This is why the estate tax - like the income tax itself - is intrinsically wrong.

One of the concepts upon which this country was founded is that wealth does not belong to the government. Wealth belongs to the individuals who earn it. That is why the estate tax ought to be repealed.



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