Seeking what others worked for

A couple of letters in Monday’s paper just beg a response. First, the “Occupy” supporter who claims it’s a moral issue rather than a political one. Second, the individual who claims low-income earners pay a higher percentage in taxes than the wealthy. Both these statements are blatantly false.

If the first statement were true, these people wouldn’t be demanding that government raise taxes on the productive to redistribute to them. As for the second statement, the top 1 percent of wage earners in this country pay 50 percent of all federal taxes. The top 50 percent of wage earners pay over 97 percent of all federal taxes. These numbers are irrefutable.

It seems to me the Occupy crowd believes they are entitled to what other people have worked hard for. They expect the same government that is responsible for their perceived woes to suddenly help them by penalizing those who have been industrious with their lives. They believe the guy who rose to the top by working 16-hour days should be responsible to pay their bills as well as his own.

I believe this disparity could be overcome if we stop electing career politicians that incite class warfare to further their own agenda of getting re-elected. Fifty years ago this country had the largest, most productive middle class in the world; until politicians started thieving money from the assiduous to give away to the motivationally deficient for their votes. When you rob Peter to pay Paul, you can always count on Paul’s support!

Kevin English