A recent column by syndicated columnist Walter Williams (“Who pays what in taxes? It’s time for tax simplification,” Oct. 19) pointed out that nearly half of all households – 46 percent – pay no federal income tax at all.
The upper-middle-class, 20 percent, pay 70 percent of federal income tax. This income group would make between approximately $85,000 and $450,000. The “rich” would make well above half a million.
An interesting survey a couple of years ago showed a small family’s (man, wife and two small children) maximum happiness station factor at approximately $85,000 per year, with some church affiliation. Middle-class families also are known to be more involved in their children’s education and healthy lifestyles.
Sadly, the poor, and often the very rich, do not adhere to our traditional family values; socialism has made inroads promoting government, not family values. Republican-promoted tax cuts have no attraction to the lower classes who pay no federal tax, and the very rich maintain their loopholes and foreign deposits. The folks in the productive middle class will have to maintain a healthy country and stop destructive government policy.
Bring the Department of Education back to the states. We cannot afford a continued scholastic failure compared to the other industrialism countries.
President Obama missed his chance to improve race relations and raise the poor into the middle class. He should be ashamed to leave minorities in decline. That the poor got poorer and the rich got richer is also because of congressional failure to promote marriage.
The Democrats likely will follow his legacy. President Trump will need a lot of help to overcome the handicaps.
Siegfried von Schweinitz