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Tax system in need of reform

Published 7:17pm Friday, November 29, 2013

Dear Editor,

The old saying that nothing is certain except for death and taxes is familiar and for most of us middle class citizens is considered to be a universal truth.

Death comes to each of us in time, sometimes as the ultimate cruelty, sometimes as a blessing. Death comes to all whether rich or poor without regard to race, religion, or national origin. It is perhaps the greatest leveler and equalizer.

For many of us only our faith in God and belief in afterlife help us to face death with more confidence and less fear.

Taxes in this country do not come to each of us equally nor do they come to everyone in the end. Taxes are now mostly for the hard working and responsible. Our federal government has devised a system in which hard work, honesty, and individual effort are discouraged by the tax code while dependence, laziness, and criminality are rewarded. You can now file for and receive a tax refund even if you have paid no federal or state income tax.

Entitlement programs, most of which were begun in the Johnson administration and continued by every administration since, have made it more profitable for many not to work than to work and pay taxes.

Unfortunately, the percentage of tax payers is decreasing rapidly and the percentage of those receiving benefits from taxes is increasing at an unprecedented rate. This sounds like a financial disaster in the making to me.

When I said to a friend, “this is not fair”, he replied, “fair comes once a year and takes place at the coliseum in Montgomery”. Unfortunately, this is all too true. I would like to see us get back to the four R’s—Respect for the Constitution, Responsibility for our actions, Reward for our labor, and Reverence for God and Country. That is when fair will mean more than a once a year entertainment event.

It may be too much to ask, but I yearn for the day when common sense, self-respect, and self-reliance guide our country.

I urge everyone who shares these values with me to let your voices be heard and work to bring our country back to the moral, fiscal, and social strength of our youth. You can’t expect others to do what you are not willing to do yourself.

 

Billy Sellers

Alexander City