Letters to the Editor for May 30, 2011
The wealthy are paying the way
To the editor:
After reading a few recent letters to the editor, and www.progressivevalues.us, a site by unknown local authors, it seems that some folks have some ill-conceived notions that wealthy Americans are the enemy and that the wealthy among us need to do more for the “poor.” I have to seriously question these thoughts. As a middle class man who pays a decent amount of taxes, my taxes do not even touch all the “benefit”’ the supposedly needy people in Baker County and Oregon are receiving. We have government-paid assistance for almost everything under the sun: cell phones, mortgages, food, electric, birth control, etc. While the lower to middle classes feel like we pay a lot in taxes, the wealthy pay a lot more, and they are the ones paying for all these benefits that very few actual needy people receive, and a whole bunch of freeloaders receive.
Give a smart, rich guy more money and he’ll use it to help the economy, whether it’s building a fancy house or expanding his business. Give the average person all their taxes back and then some, and it most likely won’t stimulate the economy to the same degree. Sorry, but not everybody can be rich, good-looking, nor brilliant, but those who are not are most likely going to despise or envy those who are. Clever politicians that convince the less blessed majority that we can tax the wealthy to fix the U.S. are simply using the ignorant masses to get themselves elected into power.
People vote for who serves their best interest, and if a candidate says he’ll get more “benefits” for the “needy” the freeloaders will vote for him.
And to all the “needy” people who quit their jobs or only work part-time, or have more kids, just to take all they can get from the system, thank the rich: they are paying your way. Of course there are genuinely needy people out there, but individuals should be the ones giving out their money, not the government spreading the wealth where politicians see fit.
McArthur honors our troops
To the editor:
As the long weekend approaches I found this article that quotes Gen. MacArthur in 1962:
On 12 May 1962, Gen. Douglas MacArthur addressed the cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, offering this description: “Their story is known to all of you. It is the story of the American man at arms. My estimate of him was formed on the battlefields many, many years ago and has never changed. I regarded him then, as I regard him now, as one of the world’s noblest figures — not only as one of the finest military characters, but also as one of the most stainless. His name and fame are the birthright of every American citizen. In his youth and strength, his love and loyalty, he gave all that mortality can give. He needs no eulogy from me, or from any other man. He has written his own history and written it in red on his enemy’s breast."
Gen. MacArthur continued: "In twenty campaigns, on a hundred battlefields, around a thousand campfires, I have witnessed that enduring fortitude, that patriotic self-abnegation and that invincible determination which have carved his statue in the hearts of his people. From one end of the world to the other, he has drained deep the chalice of courage. As I listened to those songs in memory’s eye, I could see those staggering columns of the First World War, bending under soggy packs on many a weary march, from dripping dusk to drizzling dawn, slogging ankle deep through mire of shell-pocked roads; to form grimly for the attack, blue-lipped, covered with sludge and mud, chilled by the wind and rain, driving home to their objective, and for many, to the judgment seat of God. I do not know the dignity of their birth, but I do know the glory of their death. They died unquestioning, uncomplaining, with faith in their hearts, and on their lips the hope that we would go on to victory. Always for them: duty, honor, country. Always their blood, and sweat, and tears, as they saw the way and the light.”