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Obama's tax plan would cause job cuts

The typical liberal "class-ism" argument suggests that "working-class" families deserve a tax break while the "rich" should pay more taxes to fund whatever social programs liberals consider appropriate.

It is amazing that some individuals feel so entitled to spend other people's money. Currently, the top 5 percent of U.S. wage-earners pay approximately 35 percent of the total federal income taxes collected, and the top 25 percent of wage-earners pay more than 65 percent of the taxes. But for some people, that still is not enough.

Imagine your church pastor coming to you and saying the congregation had voted that the wealthiest 10 percent of church members would have to give the church $10,000 per year and the next 25 percent would have to pay $5,000 so that the "poorer members" don't have to pay anything. And since you are one of the wealthier church members, the pastor wants your $10,000 check.

Most people would probably just join another church.

Remember that when Sen. Barack Obama's tax increases cause the wealthy of this nation to move most of their money offshore and businesses facing increased taxation cut jobs or move their entire operations to other countries.

Michael Gardner, Hunt Valley

'Joe Six-Pack' isn't ready for leadership

The Republican vice presidential nominee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, said recently, "It's time that normal Joe Six-Pack American is finally represented in the position of vice presidency." She referred once again to "Joe Six-Pack" in the debate with Sen. Joe Biden.

I am not entirely sure what she means. But I think it is that the average person should be represented in the highest leadership posts in the land - not the smartest, the most well-educated or the most well-read, but rather someone who is, well, mediocre.

This is reminiscent of something said by Sen. Roman Hruska in 1970. G. Harold Carswell had been nominated for the Supreme Court of the United States. He was viewed by some as mediocre.

Mr. Hruska said, "Even if he were mediocre, there are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers. They are entitled to a little representation, aren't they, and a little chance? We can't have all Brandeises, Frankfurters and Cardozos."

Irwin E. Weiss, Baltimore

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