Flat tax not the answer for poor people [UPDATED]Published 9:38am Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Updated 11:40am Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Mr. Austin Culp (Daily Journal, page 4, Sept. 16) advocates a single flat tax rate with no deductions allowed for any of us so that the wage earner attempting to live on a minimum wage job would be required to pay the same percentage of the few dollars he earns as a millionaire taxpayer pays even if this could mean that the person might become homeless as a result, possibly have to go without food, clothing or medical care or be unable to provide any dependents the person might have with the necessities of life.
The American people have recognized that the first duty of each of us is to take care of our selves and our families.
Our tax code allows those deductions to insure that we inflict harm on no one by our taxing. I am open to a discussion on the size of deductions but totally opposed to any program that could become penal to some people like a flat tax would.
I notice Mr. Culp makes no reference to those wealthy individuals who escape taxation by stashing money in Swiss Bank accounts or in the Cayman Islands.
I am a strong advocate of total separation of church and state. In this month when we remember the 9/11 deed by those people who flew their airplane into the tower believing they were serving God, I hesitate to cite Jesus. However, a majority of us claim to be Christians. According to Luke 12, 48, Jesus taught “When a man has been given much, much will be expected of him.” [NEB} Makes a lot of sense to me and I believe will also to most others even if you are one of those Americans who today have given up on all religious belief (about 1 in 5 of us according to a recent Pew survey.)
Romney should agree as he served as a top leader in his church in Massachusetts where he was President of the Boston stake, a position similar to that of a Catholic diocese, from 1986 to 1994.
Earlier he had held a position similar to that of a lay pastor in Belmont and Cambridge. (Christian Century, Aug. 22, page 17).
Arthur J. L. Meether