- The Washington Times - Monday, September 19, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I am a proud member of the middle class. I earn significantly less than $100,000 annually, but I am not envious of “the rich” and cannot understand the logic of President Obama’s desire to increase taxes on them. Perhaps this is because I am an engineer not a lawyer, like the president.

If Mr. Obama were to use a calculator, he would see that if someone earns $20,000 a year and is taxed at a rate of 5 percent, he would pay $1,000 in taxes. But if he earned $2 million and is taxed at the same rate, he would pay $100,000 - 100 times more than the person earning $20,000 a year.

What would be the reaction to having, say, black Americans pay a higher tax rate than white Americans? There would be outrage, of course. Why, then, is it acceptable to discriminate against a group of people based on their income? There is absolutely no difference here. Discrimination is discrimination and should never be tolerated to any degree in this country.

Most people have become accustomed to the progressive income tax and never question its origin, which was first introduced by Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels in “The Communist Manifesto.” So for anyone to say increasing taxes on “the rich” is not a communist idea is a lie. It truly is un-American to treat people differently based on their income.

JOHN BLOOM

Newport News, Va.


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