Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 | 2:02 a.m.
The Aug. 17 letter to the editor “Nation functions when taxes paid” left me a little confused as to what the writer’s message was. I agree the federal government needs taxes to function in important areas like national defense, which benefit us all. I have doubts about other areas of spending that do not benefit all.
The author mentions paying one’s “fair share” to support the federal government. Who is he talking about? I assumed he meant the nearly 50 percent who pay no federal income taxes, but later he speaks of a plutocracy which makes me think he means the multimillionaires in government. Who?
Finally, what’s a “fair share?” Everybody, the president included, seems to use the term freely, but nobody defines it. Let’s hear specifics. Maybe then things will be clearer.