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TAX CUTS: The rich get Christmas wishes

Letter by Alfred K. LaMotte, Steilacoom on Dec. 20, 2010 at 11:53 am | 13 Comments »
December 22, 2010 2:46 pm

I’d like to wish a merry Christmas to America’s millionaires in hopes that they will enjoy their tax breaks this year, so that good jobs with benefits will trickle down like crumbs under their holiday table.

I’d especially like to wish a merry Christmas to those who pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps, without any help from their inheritance, their family connections or a privileged paid-in-full education. I wouldn’t expect self-made millionaires to do anything for others, seeing as how America never did anything for them.

Finally, I’m wishing merry Christmas to America’s largest corporations, many of which – despite record profits last year – paid no taxes and some of whom, like Exxon-Mobil, actually got tax refunds. My hope is that after they sprinkle Christmas bonuses on their executives and fat stock dividends on their investors, these companies might actually hire a few people back, like the folks whose jobs they outsourced for cheap labor in the Third World.

I believe that jolly red men climb down chimneys loaded with toys, a virgin can have a baby and, despite the numbing self-isolation caused by the drug of excess wealth, people still might share their crumbs with others. So why not believe in the holiday magic of trickle-down Reaganomics, too?

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