Dear Editor:

We have significantly less freedom than our parents had or we had just a few short years ago. Disregarding the endless stream of new laws and regulations pouring out of St. Paul and Washington D.C., our huge tax burden is a significant loss of freedom. At a minimum, nearly half of our incomes are confiscated as state and federal income taxes, payroll taxes, real estate taxes, fuel taxes, sales taxes, excise taxes, liquor taxes, tobacco taxes, etc. that we pay directly.

Buried in the price of everything we purchase are taxes paid by the product manufacturer, distributor and retailer: state and federal corporate income taxes, payroll taxes, unemployment taxes, property taxes, sales taxes and fuel taxes. Corporations do not pay taxes, we do.

One dictionary definition for slave is: “a person who has lost control of himself and is dominated by something or someone.” We have “lost control” of more than half of our incomes and are clearly “dominated by something or someone.” With the huge deficits being generated in Washington D.C. our children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren have “lost control” before they ever had any.

Without exception, Democrats’ solution for budget deficits in St. Paul and Washington D.C. is to raise taxes, never to reduce spending and control of our money.

David Greer


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