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Letter: Rich pay plenty of sales taxes


In my friend Tom Cantlon's column on April 18, he continues his display of misunderstanding and confusion about tax policy and how economics actually work.

Tom worries that the wealthier among us pay a smaller share of their income over to the government in taxes. But of course the wealthy pay much more in sales taxes because they spend more. Has Tom noticed they drive more expensive cars, live in larger houses, wear more expensive clothes and even take longer, nicer vacations? All of this means they pay more tax than the rest of us.

The real goal appears to be simply increasing the size and power of government at the expense of our freedoms and well-being. The "simple, obvious truth" is government at all levels is too big and too intrusive in our private lives.

John Stevens


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