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Revising the outlook on deaths and taxes

The recent House oversight hearing showed, among other things, that notwithstanding White House assertions to the contrary for almost two weeks, there was no public demonstration whatsoever outside the Benghazi Consulate on the night of the Sept. 11 attack and that within 24 hours of the attack, it was recognized by some in the White House to have been a terrorist inspired and executed attack ("Testimony: Calls for aid were denied," Oct. 11). It was also revealed at the hearing that the U.S. State Department denied repeated requests to improve the security of our diplomatic stations in Libya. The Sun's coverage was buried on Page 6 while the front page was reserved for "weighty" subjects as the Orioles, airport overpasses and school audits.

In the same edition, an editorial concerning federal tax policies described Mitt Romney's proposed 20 percent cut in income tax rates as "fantastic" and as a proposal "which actual economists and reality based budget experts see differently" ("Time to compromise"). It appears that The Sun's editorial writers ignore the news which does not support their views. Last weekend, White House spokesman Jennifer Psaki conceded that almost 80 percent, or $4 trillion of the Obama-claimed $5 trillion reduction in tax revenue, could be achieved by the elimination of enough deductions and loopholes. Furthermore, a Princeton economics professor, Harvey Rosen, upon whom President Barack Obama relies for his assertion that the proposed Romney tax cut would result in raising taxes upon the middle class, stated in a report in The Weekly Standard that the Obama campaign had misrepresented the conclusions of his analysis. Of the Romney tax plan, he said, "... an increase in the tax burden on lower and middle income individuals is not required in order to make the overall plan revenue neutral."

Evan Alevizatos Chriss, Baltimore

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