Raise taxes on the wealthy, keep cuts, readers say

Posted Sept. 16, 2010, at 8:08 p.m.

This week, ClickBack asked editorial page readers to comment on the Obama administration’s plan to let the Bush tax cuts expire on those earning $250,000 or more, broadband in Washington County and bedbugs.

Should taxes go up on those earning $250,000 and more?

My household earns well over that Bush figure ($250,000 per year gross income), as my husband and I both are employed professionally. We desire to be taxed.
But we do not desire to be levied inappropriate taxation, nor desire to see lower tax-bracketed families taxed inappropriately, either.
BettyLobstahEyez

As a working stiff who barely makes a decent living, I would gladly pay a little more tax as I used to before Dubya’s giveaway if the CEO class had to pay what they used to. Yes, the dividends in my retirement account will take a little hit, but the fat cats will have to start giving back some of the billions they have taken in the past 30 years.

The distribution of wealth in this country is the worst it has been since 1928. I say let the Bush tax cuts expire … all of them.
kcjonez

It’s not like the higher tax would be much of an inconvenience for someone earning at least $250,000. You surely won’t have to compete with these people for the 50-cent loaves of bread at Mardens. As for jobs, the wealthy invest and reinvest and all of it is invested in themselves. If they have the chance to create jobs, it’s so they can be enriched, not those that do the actual work.
66readerwriter

Obama’s proposal helps 98 percent of American families. Tax cuts for the top 2 percent will not stimulate the economy because the wealthy do not need to spend their funds to support/maintain their families. As Rep. John Boehner pointed out, less than 3 percent of small businesses might be affected. Tax cuts that encourage spending (i.e. Cash for Clunkers or tax breaks for hiring the long-term unemployed) are the most effective at stimulating the economy.
satie1

The tax brackets, I am told, are above $250,000 if married. $200,000 if single. So a small business will be penalized for not being married. Just great. I am sure that is meant to “stimulate” the wedding industry.
BangorHarrier

Will more broadband help Washington County?

Broadband, bandstand, wideband, hatband, I don’t care what band is playing. If it will help bring Washington County into the 21st century, I’m for it.
Until a year or so ago I was stuck with dial-up, 26.4 kbps from Verizon, then Fairpoint, four miles short of cable. A dead zone for cell phone service. I am paying a heavy price for satellite Internet service, which as the day goes on and the country wakes up gets slower. I’m now within two miles of fiber-optic but we are forbid-den access because it’s only for the Alexander School. I can only dream about consistent high-speed Internet.
patom1

Should EPA regulations be relaxed to combat bedbugs?

Though they may help you save money on car insurance, apparently geckos don’t eat bed bugs.
gloomcharmed

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