1:00 PM EST, December 17, 2012
Op-ed contributor E Dee Monnen explains how the rich not only are "job creators" but engines of economic "growth" as well ("How taxing the rich hurts all of us," Dec. 12).
Never mind that the jobs are likely low-wage, part-time with no benefits.
The rich, it is said, should be exempt from taxation based on their incomes. To do otherwise would jeopardize their mission as entrepreneurs, i.e., profit and growth.
For reasons of supposed intellectual and moral superiority the rich are often seen as worthy of specialized treatment.
Conservatives maintain we can't tax the wealthy to pay down the debt.
However, it is arguable whether the wealthy pay their share to maintain the society.
Before plunging over the "fiscal cliff" to financial ruin, where do we turn?
The bloated military budget could be deeply cut without a threat to our homeland, or any cuts to veterans' benefits. Politicians will be less likely to commit the lives of U.S. troops and tax funds to unnecessary military adventure, such as Iraq and its alleged "weapons of mass destruction."
The war on drugs, another area of financial waste, should be abolished and replaced with drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers.
The fiscal cliff may be a device to scare people into legislating social programs out of existence, even if there are options available that will keep such programs intact.
Lee Lears, Annapolis
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