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Voice: Money should be coming back to taxpayers

September 22, 2001

I have never used this forum to make any of my political beliefs made public. But when we have someone like Ramas Morrison ("Voice of the People," Sept. 10), who refuses to acknowledge the truth, I feel I must respond.

Mr. Morrison states the (income) tax cuts catered too heavily to the top 1 or 2 percent. The truth is more than 40 percent of the people who file income tax forms do not pay any federal income tax. Of the remaining 50-percent-plus, the refund was given equally; the millionaires received no more than I did.

How can you get an income tax refund if you never paid any to start with? You complain about the rich, but how many people are hired by someone on welfare or someone who makes $30,000 a year trying to feed a family of four?

The rich are the people who create the jobs for you and me. The rich have always been here and always will be, just like the people who are said to live below the poverty line. The percentage today is the same as it was 35 years ago. In those 35 years, the United States taxpayers have spent over $3 trillion (yes, I mean TRILLION) on eliminating poverty. And yet, poverty still exists.

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You must realize the current budget is the last one created by President Clinton, and the current economy is his responsibility, not that of President Bush.

You talk about the budget surplus being between $165 billion and $270 billion. But that is money the government over-billed the American public after every single program was 100 percent funded. That surplus should be returned every year if it exists. If left in Washington, the Republicans and Democrats would spend it.

It is OK for the politicians in Washington, D.C., to play politics with Social Security, because that is what politicians do. But, Mr. Morrison, you really must be very naive to believe there is a Social Security surplus. There never has been or ever will be one until a portion of Social Security is privatized.

Like a "free lunch," there is no such a thing as a "Social Security lock box"; never has been or ever will be. There is no such a thing as a "Social Security trust fund"' never has been or ever will be. Our Social Security taxes have "always" gone into the general fund.

How in the world did Social Security survive 40 years of Democratic deficits? The Republicans took over Congress in 1995 and that started "some" fiscal restraint.

Mr. Morrison, I leave you with one question: Can you give me just one good reason why, on an annual basis, Washington should not return the money we are overcharged, as long as every program is funded?

DAVID CASON

El Centro

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