The myth of no taxes

I see the 50 percent Takers Myth (those who pay no taxes) has raised its ugly head again. I, for one, would like to know who this data covers.

If it's the general population: 25 percent are children; a large percentage are retirees who have worked hard all their lives, paid taxes, and may be living on Social Security and/or small pensions; many are new families who claim deductions for mortgage interest, child care, etc.; some could be individuals who have had huge personal losses from medical bills; and many are living on a minimum wage.

Just because some pay no income taxes does not mean they are not productive members of society. Many do hard, dirty, back-breaking jobs for very low wages that are necessary for civilization. Even illegal immigrants provide services that benefit our society.

What about the super rich and major corporations who milk our system for billions of dollars and use loopholes in the law to pay little or no taxes?

Dennis Thompson

Newnan



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