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Everyone should owe the same [Letter]

Dan Rodricks has done it again ("With Democrats like these, who needs GOP?" March 27). He just hates the people who have done the most for the country and have been paid properly for doing so. Now, he can't stand the thought of those people being able to pass their wealth on to their descendants without the government (federal and state) snatching part of it. We should recognize that the various governments have been taking part of their earnings for years, probably most of their lives. Isn't that enough? Why must any government take even more of their earnings upon their deaths?

This brings up another of my disagreements with Mr. Rodricks and The Sun in general. Fair share. What is a citizen's fair share of the tremendous debt that our federal government has generated? It should not be based on a person's ability to pay. It should be based on what the government has done, as is required by the Constitution, for each and every one of us. In my opinion, every adult citizen, as well as resident non-citizens, should owe an equal amount. As President Abraham Lincoln said, ours is a government of the people, by the people and for the people, not of the people, by the rich and for the poor.

Unquestionably, there are many among us who do not and never will have the ability to pay their fair share. Thus, our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, etc. will be burdened with this debt. The only way to reduce the amount of our "fair share" is to reduce federal spending. That is what the Sun should be advocating and providing examples of where money can be saved. One example would be NASA. Who, besides the employees of NASA and its contractors, has benefited from someone stepping on the moon, flying to Mars, or seeing something that happened in the universe millions of years ago?

Louis Storm, Bel Air

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