Rick Santorum stated at the GOP convention that 49 percent of Americans received some sort of financial support from the government. This percentage did not just include people receiving anti-poverty assistance, it included Social Security, Medicare, the federal pension and healthcare programs for seniors. These programs are funded by payroll taxes and aren’t typically associated with concerns about dependency on government. He was also talking about workmen compensation and educational assistance for veterans.
Before the Republicans start looking at these programs that benefit the middle class, maybe they should be concerned with Paul Ryan’s proposed budget that would have Mitt Romney paying taxes at a rate of 32 percent. Once again, the working people lose. President Obama proposes a tax increase on those making over $250,000 per year. If you’re making that much, this increase will not hurt you anyway, but it certainly would help the working people.
Marlene Taylor, Cadiz