Letter: Ayotte tries to deceive voters
Re “A lost opportunity to address fiscal crisis” (Sunday Monitor Forum, Feb. 16):
Sen. Kelly Ayotte once again tries to deceive voters, by what she says and by what she leaves unsaid. Her depiction of the deficit as a primary issue is misleading, especially when she compares federal expenses to a household budget. We are not a poor country. There is plenty of money – it just doesn’t go where it is most needed.
But what is vicious is what she leaves unsaid. She and her colleagues wish to lower the federal deficit on the backs of those least able to contribute, the ever-shrinking middle class and the poor, the 99 percent who get the short end of the stick. We will hear about things like “entitlements,” which really mean Social Security and Medicare. We have already seen cuts in food stamps.
We live in times when Warren Buffet pays a lower tax rate than his secretary.
We hear reports that huge corporations like General Electric pay on balance no taxes, while their corporate officers are given millions.
When this country faced a true emergency during World War II, those most able to pay did exactly that. Marginal tax rates at times were at 90 percent. These rates continued through the Eisenhower years, when the country armed itself during the Cold War.
In other words, members of the 1 percent did their share. And they still prospered.
If Ayotte truly believes the deficit to be a national crisis, let her talk about revenue.
Let her ask her super-rich friends like the Koch brothers to pitch in and pay. They will still have plenty left over.