Where do ben­e­fits come from?

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Re: June 26 letters “Barton’s sorry.” In the lan­guage of a very com­mon man, one reader rants about oil, in­surance, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal re­searchers, Wall Street and the pro­duc­ers of coal that is used to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity for his air con­di­tion­ing. Was it de­lib­er­ate that he omit­ted big govern­ment and big la­bor?

He rec­om­mends that ad­di­tional ben­e­fits be given the lit­tle peo­ple.

If there is no one pro­duc­ing, cre­at­ing, dis­cov­er­ing or man­u­fac­tur­ing, where do the ben­e­fits come from? Does he in­clude him­self in this sub­set of hu­man be­ings, all ca­pa­ble of ad­vance­ment?

I have never for one sec­ond in my life con­sid­ered my­self to be a lit­tle per­son.

That may be why I pay con­sid­er­able in­come taxes year af­ter year. I started out broke. JOSEPH MOSS Austin

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