To the Editor:
Mr. Diamond, while reading the Northwest Herald the other morning, I read your letter with some interest.
First, I agree with your position, calling out political spending fueled by the greedy wanting to buy votes. But then you lost me when you condemned the 45 percent who paid no taxes at all.
What you didn’t say is the reason most pay no taxes is their wage level is barely high enough to survive. Are there abusers? Yes, but don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater. Would I trade places with them, or begrudge them the use of roads and services? Probably not.
You made the statement that people earning $100,000 or more pay almost 80 percent of the taxes.
The best I could find is the average wage in the U.S., as of August, is $51,600, which means there are many in the $100,000 to $250,000 range. The remainder must be well below the $51,600, but they also pay taxes, with a lot less disposable income. It’s hard for me to believe millions in the below $51,600 range pay so little. I’m in that range, and I guarantee you, I pay a sizable tax bill.
My argument is not with good income people; the ones who make my blood boil are the Koch Brothers and their ilk, who make $1 million-plus a day and pay chump change for taxes. Let’s not pick on the poor; let’s get after the tax codes that make that absurdity possible.
Daniel J. Chwalisz