Fight for mid­dle class

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

In re­sponse to John Yates’ let­ter, he talks about the ma­jor­ity of that class that does not pay into the sys­tem, ap­par­ently re­fer­ring to the fact that about 47 per­cent of Amer­i­cans do not pay any in­come tax. Which is true be­cause most of that 47 per­cent are chil­dren, re­tirees, or do not make enough in­come to pay the in­come taxes. In­come taxes are used to make sure the rich pay their fair share of taxes, even though with their in­flu­ence on our po­lit­i­cal sys­tem I be­lieve they still do not pay their fair share per­cent­age-wise.

He also said that every­body should pay for their own health care. Most Amer­i­cans do, but since the Rea­gan era, mid­dle-class in­come has shrunk sub­stan­tially, I be­lieve be­cause of the Repub­li­can at­tacks on unions and work­ers, while the top 10 per­cent’s in­come has risen greatly. If the rich would al­low more in­come to go to the work­ers, they could af­ford to pay for their own health in­sur­ance or maybe have it pro­vided by their em­ploy­ers.

In the good old days, when unions were stronger, more work­ers had health care and pen­sions pro­vided by the em­ployer, but to­day be­cause of Repub­li­cans, it seems most jobs do not. Repub­li­cans do not care about peo­ple’s needs; only the needs of the rich and tax cuts for them, and that is sick­en­ing. The mid­dle class pros­pers un­der Demo­cratic presidents and Con­gresses, and as Casey Sten­gel said, “you can look it up.” I am proud to say I sup­port Democrats be­cause they fight for the mid­dle class and the poor and en­act laws that do that. With­out Democrats there is no Medi­care, Med­i­caid, So­cial Se­cu­rity, and other pro­grams that help av­er­age Amer­i­cans. LEE LEWIS Bella Vista

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