Don’t worry: Rich will stay rich
I would like to calm the fears that Barack Obama is a socialist. If Sen. Obama is elected president, even with higher taxes, the rich will remain very rich.
I would also like to defend myself as a single, low-income mother, going to school full-time in preparation to spend the next 35 to 40 years of my life teaching children. The notion that I am incompetent or unworthy because I’m in a group that requires assistance is highly insulting.
Using a progressive income tax for things such as helping people in poor circumstances is an investment in society as a whole, not a despicable act of theft.
If I can fill bags of food for the Raytown Emergency Assistance Program with an income below the federal poverty level, then those making more than $250,000 a year can afford to pay a bit more in taxes.
All must be willing to give
Call it welfare if you like, but Barack Obama’s plan to help the working poor make it in this Ronald Reagan, “trickle on, I’ve got mine” failed economic environment is a sound plan. Helping those who help themselves is not welfare. People who complain the loudest at helping low-income families say nothing about the billions annually in corporate welfare.
I am amazed at the “Country First” people who want more tax cuts and more loopholes for the richest 5 percent, all while states are going broke, infrastructure is crumbling and our children are being saddled with a debt we or they may never be able to pay.
True patriotic Americans must be willing to give just a little more to save this country. I plan to start by putting America first and voting for Barack Obama.