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Get Rid Of Unfair Income Taxes

April 21, 2013

To The Reader’s Forum: One hundred years ago, it was 400 pages. Now it totals 74,000 pages of rules and regulation....

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FedUpL8ly

Apr-21-13 4:34 AM

This letter sums it up nicely.

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HenryH

Apr-21-13 5:52 AM

If we painted the other side of the coin discussing the ills of 100 years ago that income tax has mitigated, it would not be so straight forward. On top of being amazed that such rhetoric comes from someone with "reverend" as a title.

You said, "only 50% of wage earners pay income taxes" which is true. These people earn under $34,000 a year and account for 12% of all income in America. One Dollar to these people has far greater utility than a Dollar to the top 50%. Your statistical and economic argument is greatly flawed. Set that in a Christian perspective and I fear for your flock.

The rest of this article after this point is not set in any economic framework. To compare the infrastructure of pre-1950 with today would mean you are comparing apples to pumpkins.

So what's your answer Mel? A flat tax which is regressive causing far more hardship for and earner of $20k than an earner of $200k? What about the numerous tax loopholes for capital? So much for the li

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LindaD

Apr-21-13 6:30 AM

Another day, another pile of bull manure from Rev Mel!

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lucky

Apr-21-13 7:06 AM

I think we should all pay the same taxes that his church pays.

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lucky

Apr-21-13 7:15 AM

Ever notice that Mel thinks it the liberals that have written ALL the tax laws so its all their fault. Apparently he forgot about Bush-1 with the "No new taxes" and then he SIGNED the largest tax increase bill in history at the time but blamed it on the other side. Maybe we should get rid of the tax exempt status of all churches and let them pay their fair share. The roads in front of a church don't get paved and plowed by God. The rest of us pay for it.

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50s4ever

Apr-21-13 7:22 AM

What's this? No mention of gays, or God but you all show up to beat up a preacher?

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GioAllie

Apr-21-13 7:42 AM

another loving "piece" by our resident man of the cloth--and on Sunday--so sad, so sad.......

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GioAllie

Apr-21-13 7:47 AM

has anyone else noticed that mel -like-norman-cannot get thru a letter or comment w/o interjecting their liberal hate? And then ducking the embarrassing questions sure to follow?

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Lilrud

Apr-21-13 7:52 AM

He doesn't sound like a preacher to me. He sounds like a mean old man who thinks more about money than his fellow man.

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Lilrud

Apr-21-13 7:54 AM

I wonder if he's being audited? Ooh that would be entertaining!!!

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GioAllie

Apr-21-13 8:25 AM

how can someone support the bush tax cuts, then speak out against the tax to pay for them? Aren't we all "taxed enough already? Mel?

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GioAllie

Apr-21-13 8:47 AM

the article mentions the "50% who pay income tax" talking point again--the talking point that worked so well in the last election. However no mention of why only 50%.

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GioAllie

Apr-21-13 8:51 AM

excellent points lucky--as reflected by the silent disagreers....

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duckster

Apr-21-13 9:20 AM

No wonder the PJ loves this Beacon of clear thinking.. The Most Reverend Mel... I think he would fit in nicely with that Harvard of Pa.... Grove City College... wtf

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Lilrud

Apr-21-13 9:30 AM

It's odd that the only ones mentioning gay marriage are the right wingers. And no, the commenters against sideshow Mel are not part of the 47%.

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GioAllie

Apr-21-13 9:34 AM

now see dog, it's Sunday, so I'll give you a temporary pass on your silly comment about OUR finances--HOWEVER I WELCOME ANY AND ALL RELEVANT DISPUTES TO ANY COMMENTS I HAVE DIRECTED AT THIS PIECE. Your little button does not count, sadly for you here.....

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GioAllie

Apr-21-13 10:31 AM

that's what I thought........

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Pharyngula

Apr-21-13 11:10 AM

"This burdensome monstrosity laid on us by liberals, progressives, socialists and communists originated from the malevolent mind of Karl Marx." This is entirely untrue and has been pointed out to you before. Jefferson first suggested a progressive income tax in a letter to James Madison after observing the oppression caused by income inequality in France. Isn't there a "holy book" that suggests that those with more should pay more?

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Emelye

Apr-21-13 11:40 AM

This is a letter full of condemnation, short on facts and completely devoid of a viable solution. Mr McGinnis, the flat tax and other such schemes promoted by the corporate sponsored TEA Party all seem to have the effect of benefiting the wealthiest elite in this country. Have you ever wondered why that was so?

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Krystalgirl

Apr-21-13 12:26 PM

"One hundred years ago, it was 400 pages. Now it totals 74,000 pages of rules and regulations."

The just changed the font size, and added a few pictures.

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duckster

Apr-21-13 12:28 PM

the new math: Rev Mel (+ -) three members of his congregation (-) two homophobes, plus two tea baggers squared = one confused gay member of the clergy

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Emelye

Apr-21-13 12:33 PM

I agree that the tax system in the USA has been manipulated and perverted by special interest groups. The solution, however, is nowhere near what the TEA Party proposes. Our entire economy has been skewed toward redistributing wealth from the bottom up, as evidenced by the huge and growing wealth and income disparity between the wealthy elite (1%) and the rest of the population which started back in the 1980's when St Ronald introduced his Voodoo trickle down economic hocus pocus.

We need to stop subsidizing huge, multinational, amoral corporations who care for nothing but profits. We need to stop giving away taxpayer dollars that fund enormous boondoggle military/industrial complex projects in the Pentagon. We need to stop the egregious fallacy that sets private enterprise as being superior to government in applying services.

This won't happen until we get private money out of our election process. Start with the House of Representatives first, then go from there.

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Emelye

Apr-21-13 12:45 PM

Presidents and Vice Presidents don't write and pass laws, loneriderrr1. Congress does. The executive branch can merely propose certain actions, it's the Congress that has to act to make them happen.

I don't advocate leaving presidential elections as they are but Congress should be the first to have private money removed from their election process.

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50s4ever

Apr-21-13 12:49 PM

Executive orders are just that. I would like to see people refuse to obey them en masse. I don't think a lot of them could be enforced.

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GioAllie

Apr-21-13 1:16 PM

see dog--perhaps you were busy when I asked you to dispute any of my comments directed at this-- piece. are you still "busy?"

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