On June 27, I attended a town hall meeting featuring 8th District U.S. Congressman ‘Chip’ Cravaack. Someone in the audience pointed out that the more recent wars have contributed heavily to the national debt. Mr. Cravaack brought up one of the many charts and graphs he used to make his points. It showed a spike in spending during WW2 and he stated proudly that “we” provided the funds for that war, through war bonds and other fund raising here at home. He then stated that the more recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are not funded the same way by us, but partly by borrowing, thus explaining the cost
What he did not mention is that a significant portion of money was raised, during WW I & II, Korean and Vietnam wars, from a drastic increase in income taxes on both the individual and corporate levels. That makes me wonder: what, then, is the big deal with acceding to our wish to have the wealthiest merely pay the same percent of their income as the rest of us?
We are right to question the reasoning behind the current disparity. I don’t believe there can be any justification. He wanted to confuse the real issue by repeating the total tax dollars contributed by the wealthy, making that sound more impressive, rather than as the percentage of their income, which highlights the problem.
To illustrate my objection, imagine two people in line at the checkout, both holding the same item to be purchased. Having casually overheard what the first customer paid, the second customer is asked to pay a little more for the same item. When questioned, the sales clerk states that customer #1 makes a higher income, so pays a lower sales tax. Would we not be irate over that?