Charles Ricketts' letter questioned why anyone earning less than $250,000 would support Republican proposals cutting governmental budgets, hurting the middle class and rewarding the rich. I support the tax-cut principles because I have moved beyond the comic book economic education provided by government schools. The rich do not hide their money under their mattresses; they invest it in profit-making and job-creating ventures, which is how they got rich.
My retirement is about $40,000 a year from pensions and Social Security. I have two mortgages, pay my own medical insurance and pay too much in taxes.
I am angry because politicians use my tax money to promote socialism and income redistribution and to mutate our educational system into an indoctrination system full of shallow, absurd and inane political and economic theories and opinions.
Our legislators should eliminate overreaching, job-killing regulations and departments. Sell the liquor stores and warehouse, a carryover from the temperance movement and the 18th Amendment. The liquor board should focus on liquor enforcement and let Safeway and Costco sell the booze.
Ricketts should look beyond the nanny-government mentality of Democrats and the soak-the-rich rhetoric of public employee unions. Read “The Road to Serfdom” by F. A. Hayek and “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand. Even poor folks like me can understand the difference between economic freedom and economic slavery.
Maybe you could, too.