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October 28, 2008

Presidential politics

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.

Katy Bielski
Raytown

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.

Mike Jones
Kearney

Comments

JustAMan

Spending is the issue and Obama will not help solve that. Government takes in more money now then it did ten years ago, including accounting for inflation yet it is broke? It is like a family of 4 making 35,000 a year 10 years ago now making $75,000 and crying that they are broke.

Obama's socialist tax plan has nothing to do with the economy. It is all about redistribution. As he said in 2003, he wished the courts would have redistributed the wealth.

Engineer

People
Perhaps you are right. Obama only wants to "override' the Constitution. If he can't do it alone he will appoint Supreme Court Justices who will do it for him..


Stifled Freedom

The Republicans recent fear tactics are redistribution of wealth, taxes, welfare, and the Constitution of all things. Palin says Obama will "rewrite the Constitution"

I have never seen a President of any party spend as much as Bush. He has set a new record and raised the bar on spending. Even a Democrat would not have attempted that much spending without him first setting this example.

The amount of money provided this year to corporate bailouts is unprecendented....and nothing more than corporate welfare. Do we spent $700 billion on individual welfare (not counting social security)? If we do, at the least we know the money is still in the economy. The bailout is risky. That money will likely evaporate as a loss.

And as far as Constitutionality, I would like to see the Constiutionality of the bailout argued in the Supreme Court in consideration of the Income Tax Amendment. This corporate bailout was not the intend of that amendment.

And I have never seen a President trample on the Constitution like Bush has. And if one president could "rewrite the Constitution", Bush would have already totally abolished by now. He has no repsect for it at all.

Republicans appealing to voters on protecting the Constitution now is most hypocritical finale of the last 8 years I could have imagined.

Marctnts

"The notion that I am incompetent or unworthy because I’m in a group that requires assistance is highly insulting."

I haven't heard the words "incompetent" and "unworthy" from REPUTABLE critics of Obama's plan. Their issue, it seems, is whether it is the government's right to take from one segment of the population with the specific intent to give it to another. Ms. Bielski is to be admired for her decision to better her life, but the question remains, is it the responsibility of other citizens to support her while she works towards her goal?

"People who complain the loudest at helping low-income families say nothing about the billions annually in corporate welfare."

Amen, Mike. The bailout bill and our newly nationalized banking industry are an abomination to our capitalistic system.

"...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."

Again, the principle of taxation is not what the critics have issues with. Either way, Mike's list could be attributed unsound fiscal policy on the municipal (take a look at KCMO), state, and federal level. Perhaps we should look at the other side of the equation. Instead of thinking that "we need more" to solve these problems, maybe we should look at where we spend our dollars unwisely and make a change on that end.

"True patriotic Americans must be willing to give just a little more to save this country."

So, are you saying that only the 5% will be given the opportunity to be "truly patriotic"?

Rogue

Boy MIke and Kathy you sure believe in "spreading the wealth" around don't you?

Engineer

Mike Jones says '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". But how does using tax funds to send out welfare checks to non-FIT payers help with any of these things? And just who is it in the "upper 5% that has "asked for more tax cuts and loopholes". All that they have asked is that their money not be expropriated for welfare payments. Incidentally, the lower limit on AGI for that upper 5% in 2006 was $143K. The income of those to receive tax increases keeps dropping. As to Katy Bielski's letter, if this is the voice or our future teachers we are well on our way to becoming a socialist state.

 
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