LETTER: Columnist should stop complaining, be thankful

Nov. 06, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

To the Editor:

This Sunday’s column by Walter Williams can be summed up in four words: “You’re poor, tough luck.” It seems that Mr. Williams feels we should get rid of all the social contracts that have come along in the last 65 years — Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc.   

I guess like most rich people, he feels he’s paying too much in taxes. He’s basically calling taxation legal theft. Well, I’m a lot poorer than he is, and I know I paid more in taxes than [a communications company] did. Actually there are many corporations with billions of dollars in earnings that pay little or nothing in taxes. Between their subsidies and write-offs, some even get a rebate.

According to the figures that were released during the 2012 presidential race, I paid a higher percentage of federal taxes than Mitt Romney did. I wouldn’t be surprised if many middle class families did so.

Mr. Williams, stop feeling sorry for yourself and be thankful that you can easily afford to pay the taxes you do — and probably afford much more.     

Neil Rotter

Lee County