Citizens want more rights, fewer taxes

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A majority is a majority is a majority. Why Tracy E. Williams Jr. thinks this is a problem confounds me and, I'm sure, others like me.

Mr. Williams' letter ("Are Republicans out to destroy us?" Oct. 13) is just another example of name-calling by another liberal. In fact, all of this is becoming juvenile.

From the atmosphere of the herd, to the household, to school, to government, when the demand for one thing outweighs the demand for another -- well, that's the breaks. When it comes to the current state of affairs of the United States, citizens want to keep more of their money along with keeping their rights. I and others understand the importance of paying taxes to keep us safe, etc. But when the tax rates start inching closer to half our income, that is a problem. Mr. Williams surely isn't stating that for every $100 he makes he would gladly give $50 of it away.

I am far from having the income of the wealthiest few Americans, but guess what: Those wealthiest Americans are employing my husband, which keeps food on my table. If the government takes more money away from the rich guy, my family suffers either in the form of lower wages or, worse, a job loss. Why is this so hard to understand?

And as far as health care goes, the real reason why people don't like this is because we were never asked our opinion on something we will have to do! Allowing the government to dictate goods and services I use or buy is embarking on a dangerous road.

The hallowed ground of this country was founded on the premise that Americans are able to make their own choices. If that means that someone chooses to be an actor, I say, "Break a leg." For those who choose to become a doctor, I say, "Bless you." For those who choose to let me take care of them, I say, "Shame on you."

Hopefully this helps Mr. Williams understand the majority of this country right now.

Katherine Wideman

Martinez

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usafvet
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usafvet 10/17/10 - 11:36 pm
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Mr. Williams doesn't

Mr. Williams doesn't understand majority. A minority that has never left the Augusta area thinks that the make up of the country is the same as that in Augusta. Demographics is a foreign language. The democrats in our society and more so in this area are only interested in entitlements and reparations. I am so happy that the once 'silent majority' is finally stepping up and speaking out. We need to STOP the hand outs to able bodied people. If they are too sorry to work, then let them suffer. That is the only way to make them earn their way. Enough is enough.

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wizzardx1 10/18/10 - 01:30 am
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The only way to get the best

The only way to get the best bang for the buck,per pelosi and the dems,is to increase food stamps and entitlements.the only way to do that is to increase taxes on productive citizens.so,lets get out and vote for the dems of your choice so we can have 60%-70% tax rates on the workers,then the entitlement crowd can live free and the illegals can have amnesty and free medical care.

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johnston.cliff 10/18/10 - 05:54 am
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Mr Williams, like so many on

Mr Williams, like so many on the left, feel it's governments job to nurture and care for all citizens of this country. Mr. Williams is wrong. It's governments job to provide an atmosphere where citizens can care for themselves in any legal way they wish. Robin Hood is a society destroying fantasy.

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Dixieman 10/18/10 - 06:46 am
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Excellent letter!

Excellent letter!

getalife
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getalife 10/18/10 - 08:14 am
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Excellent letter!!

Excellent letter!!

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corgimom 10/18/10 - 08:26 am
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"But when the tax rates start

"But when the tax rates start inching closer to half our income, that is a problem. "

It used to be that way, and that's what helped make America a super-power. People think high tax rates are new. No, they aren't.

Elvis Presley was in the 90% tax bracket for years.

Go here and look at what tax rates USED to be.

http://www.truthandpolitics.org/top-rates.php

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confederatelady319 10/18/10 - 08:34 am
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That proves it, we where

That proves it, we where right in 1861 and we are even more right today.Less government more liberties and freedoms to handle our own lives as we see fit,as long as we do it the legal way.

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curly123053 10/18/10 - 08:37 am
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This was a very well written

This was a very well written letter. It explains things very well, and for anybody to disagree with it shows their true liberal colors. Remember November 2nd and let's start the journey of taking back our country from the socialists on Capital Hill !

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Techfan 10/18/10 - 08:54 am
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Gosh yes, if we could just

Gosh yes, if we could just have factories employing children with no regulations, dumping sewage in waterways, or just own your workforce instead of having to pay them, liberty and freedom would abound.

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Chillen 10/18/10 - 09:19 am
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Boy liberals love to tout the

Boy liberals love to tout the 90% tax bracket. But many fail to realize a few things.

1. It was to support a massive world war and it was temporary
2. Most importantly there were TONS of deductions and loopholes that are no longer available. Those have been taken away. Combine that with hundreds of thousands of expensive business regulations, high state taxes and high sales taxes, we are really paying all time high tax rates right now.
3. During 1944 and 1945, the top rate was 94% but it applied only to income above $200,000. I'm sure at that time in history only about 15 people fell into that category. That $200,000 is the equivalent of an income today of about $2.5 million. Now keep this in mind. This admin defines "rich" as those making above $200,000 (the equivalent of $17,000 in 1945).
4. Back then most of the wealthy and super-wealthy got away with paying no income taxes at all. For example, the multi-millionaire heiress to the Post cereal fortune paid zero, not once cent, in income taxes for decades and she was in the 90% tax bracket. That’s why the “Alternative Minimum Tax” was invented.

This is a very good letter. This line here summarizes everything. "Citizens want to keep more of THEIR money along with keeping their rights."

What the heck is so wrong about that?! Seriously.

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dani 10/18/10 - 09:04 am
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techfan.... We don't, as a

techfan.... We don't, as a rule, condone that type of behavior in our country. Smaller government does not mean "anything goes". But then, you already know that, don't you.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 10/18/10 - 09:08 am
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Great job of distraction,

Great job of distraction, Techfan, now nobody will see obama for who and what he is. How very Dem of you.

Chillen
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Chillen 10/18/10 - 09:12 am
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Yes, liberals also like to

Yes, liberals also like to paint a picture of "no government" for their argument. They paint fiscal conservatives as anarchists.

To my knowledge, no one has ever said no govt, just minimal govt. Big, Big difference.

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grouse 10/18/10 - 09:13 am
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Ms. Wideman doesn't
Unpublished

Ms. Wideman doesn't understand much about the history of taxation (highest for the rich under Eisenhower), but she sure understands the relationship of the slave is led to feel benevolent towards his master (fourth paragraph).

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Carleton Duvall 10/18/10 - 09:16 am
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Good letter. I knew Tracy's

Good letter. I knew Tracy's father who was a hard working food store owner that provided the funds to send his son thru college. I am sure that if Mr Williams were alive today he would want his money back. Education seems to have made Tracy Jr a far left liberal.

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justthefacts 10/18/10 - 09:20 am
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Quite a stretch there grouse.

Quite a stretch there grouse. BTW, Ms. Wideman, Mr Williams certainly doesn't expect himself to pay 50%, just those that earn more than him.

Chillen
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Chillen 10/18/10 - 09:24 am
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grouse. So now an employee

grouse. So now an employee who is thankful for their job that a rich American provides to them is a slave? Wow. You sure read into that paragraph way too much.

In reality, the only slaves today are US taxpayers. The 50% of us who actually pay taxes. The bottom 50% are moochers who take from society but give nothing in return.

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dichotomy 10/18/10 - 09:24 am
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Brilliant Techfan. If you

Brilliant Techfan. If you can't make a logical argument, inject the absurd. Typical hardcore liberal response to a discussion of limiting federal government intrusion into every aspect of our lives and our wallets.

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chascush 10/18/10 - 09:55 am
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The true slaves in the US are

The true slaves in the US are the ones on the guvamint plantations. The liberals want even more of these slaves because they are dumb enough to keep voting the liberals back onto office. With many of the liberals that post here it is about CLASS ENVY. They were not smart enough or too lazy too become rich so now they hate those that were.

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Rhetor 10/18/10 - 10:14 am
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The fact remains that for

The fact remains that for about 90% of Americans, tax freedom day occurs weeks earlier than under any previous administration in many, many years. Chillen has previously noted that he got zapped by the AMT, which truly is unfair, but most of us are paying much lower taxes than in the past. Many conservatives assume that Democrats are going to raise taxes, but in real life that hasn't happened in decades.

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Little Lamb 10/18/10 - 10:20 am
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In the first part of the

In the first part of the Clinton administration (which was the 90s), many taxes were raised. That is why the Republicans took control of the House and Senate in 1994. I would not exactly call that "decades" ago.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 10/18/10 - 10:35 am
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I'm sure we're drifting,

I'm sure we're drifting, since Clinton indeed was president quite a long time ago. He did raise the gas tax and some other use taxes, and also raised taxes on the top 1% or 2%; however, the rest of us paid lower taxes under Clinton. Tax freedom day still occurs earlier under Obama than under either Bush.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/18/10 - 10:41 am
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With Obama's high

With Obama's high unemployment rate, Tax Freedom Day is January 1 for many.

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Little Lamb 10/18/10 - 10:43 am
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By the way, if you know

By the way, if you know anyone in Nevada, text them or E-mail them or phone them or write them to vote for Sharon Angle for U.S. Senate.

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dstewartsr 10/18/10 - 10:48 am
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Tax Freedom Day- January 1st?

Tax Freedom Day- January 1st? No, for some it's the equivalent of September 1st-- of the previous year-- for that 47% who pay NO taxes and receive taxpayer funded payouts further rewarding them for their parasitic lifestyle.

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c.james 10/18/10 - 11:44 am
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This story mirrors what took

This story mirrors what took place on The View with Joy Blowhard (A person who blusters and boasts in an unpleasant way) and Whoop-de-do Goldberg when Bill O’Rielly made the Muslim comment. These morons don’t care or understand what 70% of Americans want and demand. In fact if you saw the episode you would have seen that Joy Blowhard wanted to know what poll he was speaking about. They don’t even know the facts and don’t care. I truly believe they will get a dose of their own medicine come November.

This fiasco with Tracy E. Williams JR is the same. These Liberals don’t want the facts they want their agenda shoved down the throats of Americans by intimidation and cries of racism if you don’t agree with them. Georgians are tough people and vote with their minds not by threats of intimidation. Come November we will elect a Republican Governor, to keep the Liberal Barack Hussein Obama out of GA politics. In fact we need to rid the GA congress of any Leftwing loon that support NO Death Penalty, Abortion and want to Northern-ize a RED State that is proud of their heritage. Look at North Carolina. It has become a suburb of NY, NJ and Florida. Don’t let this happen here in our backyard. VOTE in November to keep Georgia’s traditions in tact.

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dwb619 10/18/10 - 11:49 am
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Techfan, Don't even try

Techfan,
Don't even try history, they don't want to hear it. I could point out company money, company store, company house, child labor,brown lung, The Honea Path Massacre, The Ludlow Massacre, Blair Mountain, it goes on and on.

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RichmondCountyResident1 10/18/10 - 12:28 pm
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This letter is hilarious as

This letter is hilarious as it is false. It starts out by admonishing someone about name calling, then calls him a liberal. Then goes on to give us the Reichpublican playbook about paying fifty percent of your income to taxes. I guarantee the average wealthy person in this country pays less in taxes than the average citizen.As far as healthcare, the Reichpublicans had 160 proposals considered, then voted against the bill enmasse.The part about forcing someone to by healthcare is false again. The law said it would give subsidies to those who couldn't afford healthcare.Besides, if you don't want to purchase healthcare, I shouldn't have to pay(tax money) for your healthcare bill when you need care.

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justthefacts 10/18/10 - 12:36 pm
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Gosh RCR, don't let facts get

Gosh RCR, don't let facts get in your way.

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iLove 10/18/10 - 12:50 pm
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Since we can't comment on
Unpublished

Since we can't comment on Donovan's story (for some odd reason) I copy and paste the following:
Juanita Reese asks that anyone who can contribute to her son's funeral arrangements do so by contacting Faith Outreach Christian Life Center at (706) 792-9662.

In Jesus' name I pray for peace and strength.

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