Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Comrade columnist

The following letter to the editor appeared in the Northwest Herald.

If the Founding Fathers could read comrade Jennifer Martikean's April 14 column, they'd spin even faster in their graves.

Her puffery shows what's wrong with our country. The primary elections showed that like her, the majority prefer socialism and government nannies over freedom and responsibility.

I have my job because I studied hard in school and work hard at my job, not because I'm "lucky."

Your 1040 doesn't tell you how much you can give government.

You can give government everything you own if you want. Your 1040 tells you how much government forced out of you in exchange for not imprisoning you. In that sense, freedom indeed isn't free.

Compare the Bill of Rights to the Communist Manifesto's 10 planks at Which one lists "A heavy progressive or graduated income tax" (and also "government schools")?

In the Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers told us what to do: After a "long Train of Abuses and Usurpations ... it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government."

A government that swipes half of its citizens' earnings, fattens itself inexorably, and operates with monumental inefficiency is nothing to be proud of.

Chris Jenner


The following is the article to which Mr. Jenner was responding.
Take pride in paying Uncle Sam, I do

[published on Fri, Apr 14, 2006]

This time of year might be taxing for some, but for me it always has made me proud to live in America.

No matter what form you fill out this weekend, you should feel good about the contribution you are making to keep the country running.

On the Internal Revenue Service Web site, the main piece of advice is not to procrastinate filling out the tax forms. Frankly, it is too late for that now. But this year you get a slight break because Tax Day, April 15, falls on a Saturday. So after eating a big slice of Easter ham on Sunday, you can sequester yourself and get cooking on the 1040 form and pop it in the mail first thing April 17. Or at least before midnight.

To view the rest of the article go to the Northwest Herald.

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