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TAXES: ‘Loopholes’ benefit the middle class

Letter by Russell S. Brinton, Fircrest on Jan. 31, 2011 at 10:54 am with 5 Comments »
January 31, 2011 11:40 am

David Broder (column, 1-30) suggests the removal of two tax “loopholes” in order to use half the money to reduce the individual and corporate tax rate.

The two “loopholes” just happen to be the two largest tax breaks given to the middle class: the home mortgage interest deduction and the tax exclusion for employer-provided health insurance.

Without these two tax breaks (benefiting mainly those of us in the lower 98 percent of the income pool) many of us would not be able to afford a home or health insurance. Or we would have to pay substantially more taxes in order to enjoy those “benefits.”

But wait: Didn’t the right wing recently argue vehemently about how wrong it would be to “raise taxes” (i.e., let the tax cuts expire) on the upper 1 percent of the income pool?

It is amazing to me that someone would have the audacity to suggest raising taxes on the middle class, the part of the population still suffering from the recession, so soon after arguing vehemently that raising taxes on those who are not suffering financially would be wrong.

Doesn’t anyone else see the hypocrisy here?

Leave a comment Comments → 5
  1. It’s amazing to me that anyone thinks Broder or his lame idea represent or is supported by conservatives.

  2. Roncella says:

    Russell, You need to get out of fircrest and take a ride and get some fresh air.

    Border is definitely Not a Conservative. I would describe him as very left /liberal in his reporting.

  3. Fibonacci says:

    I did read THIS article, but the one in the Seattle Times said that of the 4 big loopholes, these were the two that should NOT be changed.Did the writer misread?

  4. There are now two of us who have read the article in question, and Fibonacci is right. Broder was not calling for the closure of the two middle class loopeholes.

  5. beerBoy says:

    I would describe him as very left /liberal

    Which would make your assessment of Broder even more incorrect than the letter writer’s.

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