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
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