The AP reported last week that 47% of American households don’t pay any income tax. The reasons: incomes are too low or their liability is limited by credits, deductions or exemptions. Compare that to the figures showing that 10% of all earners, (those making $366,400 or more) pay 73% of the income taxes paid to the Federal Government. “The result,” says the AP, “is a tax system that exempts almost half the country from paying for programs that benefit everyone, including national defense, public safety, infrastructure and education.”
This is unfair and counterproductive to the concept of citizen responsibility. It enervates the real ideal of patriotism, contributing instead to the entitlement mentality which afflicts so many of us. Whatever happened to JFK’s ringing challenge, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” The quote may not be exact, but the message is clear. Every American should have a stake in his country. This but one example of how far out of balance our national priorities have become. It is long past time to repair the damage! Flat tax anyone?
Jan D. Curran
Naples and Neuberg Germany