Regarding The Sun's editorial, "The forgotten tax cut" (Dec. 10), I'm one of the 3 percent of rich Marylanders who you reference as being rewarded by a so-called tax cut. I'm first generation wealth builder who built my estate by hitting many singles over my lifetime. I'm not a Warren Buffett but I'm smart enough to invest heavily in Berkshire Hathaway. I'm always drawn to strength.
My life started in extreme poverty — no running water, outdoor bathroom, no central heat and no assets and so on. Baltimore poor people today are rich by my early living standards.
Perhaps you have to read "The Millionaire Next Door." I'm the poster child for the typical rich person referenced in this book. I drive a 1989 truck and my wife drives a 2004 Honda which is typical of this nation's millionaires.
I spend significant dollars on issues which I wish to fund. I have provided 529 accounts for my grandchildren. I pay for private schooling for my grands as I will not expose them to unionized teachers. These children will not be wards of your state looking for entitlement funding.
I created wealth by making correct decisions over my lifetime. I attended night school at Johns Hopkins University. By the way, I never saw a minority over my six years at Hopkins. During this timeframe, I worked for a farmer, paid all school expenses and board to Mom. I had no social life but that was my choice. My parents were poor and I was poor. But I refused to remain poor with the entitlement mentality that is so frequent today.
I created lifelong wealth beyond my expectation and I know how to maintain and grow my wealth. Now you suggest that my lifelong successes should be given to folks who made and continue to make poor choices. Not going to happen in my case. Florida is the sanctuary for my wealth.
By the way, my trickledown Florida tax-free money will be passed to the private religious school that my guys attend. So at the end of my days, I will assist taxpayers by lowering tax dollars spent on education. Big difference is that I trust the leaders of the school to spend my money wisely. To the extent practical, I refuse to fund politicians.
You folks really perform a disservice to poor people by suggesting that I and other successful people are evil and greedy. Rather, you should encourage them to make good choices as I did. You reinforce their victim culture suggesting the "lunacy" of the federal estate tax is the fault of Congress. Yikes, you're suggesting that The Sun's editorial board is more insightful than the U.S. Congress. Gee, I'd like to buy you lunch as I'm always drawn to superior thinkers and successful people.
Promise me that you'll read "The Millionaire Next Door" and "Rich Dad, Poor Dad."