Sean McMahon (letters 4/17) wrote that rich people pay most of the taxes in this country. He neglected to mention that is because they have most of the money. They got it by exploiting the rest of us, forcing us to work for low wages.
Keeping wages low is official public policy in the U.S., although you'll never hear that from the politicians we keep electing, bought and paid for by the rich. That policy will never change as long as we keep electing Democrats and Republicans.
Rich taxpayers pay for services
With the reminder of the April 15 income tax deadline, the majority of Americans should thank the rich. This is due to the fact that our nation's wealthiest citizens contribute the most to our society.
Most people in our community are probably not aware that the wealthiest 1 percent of taxpayers paid 34 percent of all federal income taxes in 2002, according to a May 22, 2003, report from the Internal Revenue Service. In addition, the top 50 percent of wage-earners paid 96 percent of the total bill.
This means that half of the nation contributes almost nothing in federal income taxes. Phrased another way, the wealthiest 50 percent of the population provides almost all of our public services, national defense and social programs.
Many people in our state claim to be advocates of fairness, equality and justice. Lowering the tax bill on the most productive members of our society would be in line with these principles. However, opponents of lower taxes do not want justice; they want redistribution of wealth. They want to confiscate the income earned by the wealthy and give it to people who have not earned it.
Next time you hear someone in this community claim that the rich need to pay their fair share, ask yourself what really is the definition of fair share. This tax season, choose to support tax cuts by promoting the idea of a truly just society, where all individuals keep what they earn.
SEAN J. McMAHON