- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 22, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The recent columns on federal income and health care taxes (“Sweet licks for tax lovers,” Commentary, April 13, and “New rules for your taxes,” Commentary, April 12) underscore the problems law-abiding federal income-tax payers face with the current tax laws.

The first piece says almost 50 percent of income earners pay no federal income tax, leaving the other half of the population to pay all the bills covered by the federal income tax. It is certainly a redistribution of wealth because some of these nonpayers get a rebate with the ridiculous name “federal earned income tax credit.” That is, they not only get back any federal income taxes paid during the year but get back more than they paid.

Mark Steyn, the author of the first column, makes a powerful statement that “it’s an assault on the moral legitimacy of the system.” I might add that we now have excessive taxation with representation rather than taxation without representation. If one doesn’t pay any income taxes, one doesn’t understand how the system works. The second column mentions the requirement in the new health care law to buy a health insurance policy or pay a “tax” to the Internal Revenue Service.

Here’s an idea for those whose employers do not deduct federal income taxes and who pay all or part of their federal income taxes themselves: Stop paying them. If 12 million (the supposed number of illegal immigrants in our country) or more American citizens stopped paying their federal income taxes, the reality would be the same as for what the government does with those who ignore our immigration laws - practically nothing. We even have some nonpaying federal government employee examples to follow: Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner and Rep. Charles B. Rangel.

ROBERT A. JERUSSI

Fairfax, Va.

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