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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 with 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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  1. Let the record stand that Al and his wife live in a 2200+ sq ft house in an upper-middle class neighborhood. If it wasn’t roomy enough when he was raising kids, he sure has enough space now that it’s just the two of them. He could certainly downsize to a smaller house and give the extra money to those less fortunate. How selfish of him.

  2. Flamo must have missed the part where all brackets keep their current rates (if that’s your idea of a gift…).
    And the “poor” that have no income tax burden will still get their “gift”…

  3. BlaineCGarver says:

    O M G!
    Most of the lower-middle and lower class don’t pay taxes. That figure is about 50%. Some of the poorest get a nice check back from the IRS. When, for Gawd’s sake, is America going to get tired of letting politicians use their wherewithal to buy votes and perform do-gooder social experiments. God only asks for 10%, surely mortal man can get by on the same. A good start would be kicking out the illegals and letting their own countries take care of them.

  4. You know, if Al (or Fred, depending) were really a selfless man his children would have gone to public school instead of Charles Wright. Granted, they only paid half price because he works there, but that still works out to $20,000 per year he should have been giving to the poor instead of selfishly spending on his own family.

    No matter where you’re standing, somebody below you thinks you’re rich and somebody above you thinks you’re poor. Al wants to hammer on the “rich” for not giving enough, but most people in the world would consider him to be rich.

  5. Roncella says:

    Alfred, I hope that you and all the liberals/progressives are writing big fat checks to the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Red Cross, and donating your time working in the food kitchens through out the Puget Sound area.

  6. BlaineCGarver says:

    Roncella, you are going to find, factually BTW, the conservatives give more of their personal money to good works. The liberals perhaps can be best described as wanting Guberment to spend massive amounts of money for good works.

  7. bobcat1a says:

    Well Alfred, you really brought out the sanctimonious crowd this time. BTW, you are far more likely to see crowds of fat men gong down chimneys and hoards of virgins giving birth than you ever are to see anything trickle down from reaganomics (except the bill). When Reagan became president the average CEO made ten times what his average worker made. Now it’s 283 times as much.

  8. Novelist3 says:

    Boy, the Trib really seems to love printing Alfred’s letters, bitter as he may be.

  9. BTW, the conservatives give more of their personal money to good works.

    But…..I thought Protestants rejected the possibility of “good works” and it is only Catholics who still include that in their theology!


  10. Novelist3 – Sorry, no “liberal bias” – The TNT loves Alfred’s letters as much as they love Lyle Laws’ letters.

    ronnview – ad hominem much?

  11. bB — not usually, but this particular man of the cloth irks me. I’m getting really tired of listening to (or reading, I guess) everybody blame everybody else for whatever they deem to be the worst problems. In this specific instance we have a man who has so much more than he really needs railing against others who have more than they need.

  12. Wow! You whiners out there continue to act as if the world owes you a
    living. If I was wealthy, I would pack up my resources and head for greener
    pastures. I wonder what would happen if all those mean rich folks decided
    to leave? Hmm, Hmm.

  13. whitecap says:

    Absolute drivel. No need to say more.

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