Letters to the editor, March 24
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Updated: April 25, 2013 6:03AM
Fair Tax Act would mean no more political tax favors
History has repeatedly demonstrated when a people and their leaders lose their virtue, freedom perishes. It has recently come to light that Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., allegedly sponsored and promoted legislation that would benefit a major donor to his political campaign. The legislation in question would have granted special tax credits and grants to a company in which his donor had invested heavily.
This is how entrenched politicians maintain their hold on power. They manipulate the tax code to reward those contributing to their re-election campaigns. Without the income tax, they would not have this “tool” to play the scratch-my-back-and-I’ll-scratch-yours game. Ever wonder how often similar events occur each year or why professional politicians love the income tax so?
There is a bill in Congress that would rectify this anti-virtuous system, the Fair Tax Act. It takes control of taxation out of the hands of politicians. We must eliminate this corrupt system we have before we are completely ruined. As another principle says, “Righteousness exalts a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people.”
Frank C. Kuchar
Fox has a lot of viewers, but they aren’t getting quality
Perhaps Larry Lucas, the No. 1 cheerleader of Fox News and Bill O’Reilly, needs some enlightening. Every poll taken, from the lesser known University of Maryland to the prestigious Pew Research, has shown that those who only watch Fox News for their information consistently rank at the bottom of all informed viewers, falling behind those who watch NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, etc.
Fox viewers even rate lower than those who watch no news at all. As far as O’Reilly being the No. 1 news show, that is based on viewership only. The largest single demographic to watch Fox News and O’Reilly are Southern white males, followed closely by older white evangelical Christians, hardly the epitome of the intelligentsia. After all, these are the people who believe the Earth is 6,000 years old, that 82 percent of the world’s population will burn in Hell because they don’t accept Jesus Christ as their savior, and that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
Unlike Chris Matthews and Al Sharpton, who would broadcast their programs live every day, Lucas and others are watching a tape of O’Reilly’s show at 7 p.m. that aired previously in the day. The reason is that if a guest on the show clears O’Reilly’s clock, like Jon Stewart has done several times, it gives the O’Reilly staff enough time to edit the content to make O’Reilly look good. It also should be noted that when running for president the first time, Obama did appear on the O’Reilly show. To the best of my recollection, not one Republican running for president in the last eight years has ever appeared on the Chris Matthews or the Al Sharpton shows.