Originally Published: May 28, 2012 6:58 p.m.
I am responding to the column by Tom Cantlon in the May 16 Courier. I find that I must agree with Mr. Cantlon - at least his last paragraph (not the rest of his illogical rant). He states "The principle is simple: No one should pay a higher portion of their income than those above them."
How wonderful to hear that Mr. Cantlon supports the income flat-tax principle. I wholeheartedly agree that each should pay that same percent in taxes as everyone else. As has been well documented, 10 percent of tax payers are paying at least 70 percent of the total income tax collected by the Federal Government. This is in direct contrast to the principle articulated by Mr. Cantlon - no one should pay a higher portion of their income than others. I suspect that Mr. Cantlon did not mean what he said. From reading his comments over the years, I believe that he supports the doctrine of from those according to their abilities, to those according to their needs. If this sounds familiar, it should. Failed policies of past (and future) dictators.
I worked hard over the past many years to make my business successful. I am now enjoying the fruits of my labor. Per Mr. Cantlon, I should pay a much higher percent of my earnings to the government than those who have done nothing to improve their economic situation. This will achieve the goal of lowering my disposable income to the lowest common denominator. I should have no more disposable income than one who sits around the courthouse all day and earns nothing except for government handouts. Finally, the goal will be achieved. What is the goal? Read the third to last sentence of my last paragraph again (from those according to their abilities, to those according to their needs).