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Tax the rich more

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Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

I would like to know how many members of Congress earn over a million dollars a year. Of these, how many voted to shut down the government and deny federal workers their salaries while they collected their own?

I propose a way to reduce the deficit and our national debt: Any government employee who earns over $1,000,000.00 per year can no longer collect a salary, health benefits or any other tax breaks on the backs of average citizens. Instead of a worker paying taxes up to $106,000 a year, let everyone making over this amount pay taxes into Social Security every day.

For instance, most New Yorkers who pay at least $1,500 a month in rent or for a mortgage should be able to earn at least $50,000 a year before taxes are taken out of their salaries. If only part of this money were to go to health insurance, premiums would drop sharply for everyone. Most couples earn far less than $100,000 a year with both spouses working full-time. If they each have a car, and are parents, or support a parent, there is little left over for even small luxuries. Many families go into debt just trying to pay for the bare necessities when a crisis hits.

I would like to see a luxury tax of 10 percent on goods that are enjoyed by the wealthiest citizens and visitors from other countries who gladly pay 10 times the average price of any item.

In the “60 Minutes” broadcast on Oct. 20, it was noted that Dick Cheney’s heart transplant was paid by us, with our taxes. How can this be justified when programs for food stamps are cut out?

And members of Congress can use the money earmarked for their campaigns for various other perks, such as memberships in costly golf clubs, travel and special seating at sports events running well into tens of thousands of dollars.

It is most unlikely that Congress will agree to a fair luxury tax or that an executive order or the Supreme Court will challenge these practices. However, we, the voters, do have the cure for this greed. Stop electing the abusers of your tax dollars this November.

BK Brumberg
oward Beach

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