In response to the recent letter from William Smith ("Gas tax brings out whiners," Oct. 19), let me first state that I am one of those "freeloading" conservatives Mr. Smith complains about in his letter. My employer pays me twice a month, and each and every time I look at my pay stub, I have deductions for state and federal withholding so I must be a taxpaying "freeloader." I trust I have your permission to use my car to drive on our roads, use police and fire services if I need them, and put my trash out on pick-up day.
After all, Mr. Smith implies in his letter that conservatives don't pay taxes and "whine" about tax increases. We do pay taxes, and we understand taxes are necessary to ensure citizens have the basic needs and services. What we have issues with is that our tax money is not used for the basic needs and services of citizens. It is used to support the real freeloaders, those who simply sponge off the government and have no desire to go outside their home and work for a living.
I have my own family to support. Why should my hard-earned tax dollars be used to support them as well? Every time our Democratic-controlled state legislature wastes our hard-earned tax dollars on the real freeloaders, they look to pick our pocket time and time again. I'm sick and tired of being fleeced.
Maybe if these politicians had not raided the Transportation Trust Fund, we wouldn't even have to listen to Gov. Martin O'Malley's nonsense about raising the gas tax. He's already passed the largest income tax in Maryland history, raised the sales tax, raised the alcohol tax, and now he's considering the gas tax. Which one is next?
If Mr. Smith believes he doesn't pay enough in taxes, here's a suggestion: On April 15, why doesn't he send an additional check to Annapolis made payable to the "Comptroller of Maryland?" I'll even make a friendly wager with him. If he follows through on my suggestion to voluntarily send more to Annapolis next year, I will take his suggestion and move to Outer Mongolia. I'm guessing that I won't have to reserve the moving vans on April 16.
Michael Jones, Severna Park