Brent Sorensen (April 23, “Until government waste stops, let’s pay fewer taxes”) is right on, and describes government waste and taxes perfectly. Those who pay no taxes, are on entitlement programs, etc. don’t have a clue about businesses and working folks who do pay taxes.
And, to set things straight, those on Social Security are not receiving federal entitlement benefits, as it is now called. The older generation have paid into Social Security for decades at a rate that if their money had been invested in personal accounts, we would be millionaires in retirement years. As it is, older people find themselves still having to work and still paying Social Security taxes.
Those of us who also have small, home-based businesses pay double Social Security for employees, even if that is one employee. Plus, L&I insurance, unemployment insurance, tax on office equipment (even though we bought the computers, computers, printers, etc.), plus other taxes. It doesn’t leave much for personal income, now does it? So those who think everyone should be on Medicare, that every child should get free meals at school, that any and every person should get the food stamp cards, free phones, free medical service, 99 weeks of unemployment benefits, etc., should grow a brain and ask where all the money to support these freebies comes from. It comes from working citizens and small businesses. No wonder the state and our federal government is going broke borrowing more money than will ever be paid back. Our future is being highjacked.