Response to “Hater” article. Once in a while, I read “Letters to the Editor” and occasionally chime in with an opinion of my own. Just recently, I came across one titled, “To all the haters” and knew it was worth responding to. This author was less than objective and placed everyone who doesn’t agree with his/her opinion in the same category. One cannot assume people who voted for Mitt Romney actually hate President Obama.
Perez also associates haters with Christianity. Does Beeville have any Muslims, Jews, Hindus, atheists or others who voted for Romney? Are they haters too? Then there’s the assertion that these same people hate the needy. Based on what factual information does Perez make this claim? Has Perez conducted a survey of these people and received an affirmative response, or is it just an assumption?
Let me offer my thoughts and, hopefully, it will shed light on what really irritates people — especially the taxpayers: First off, if you don’t work, you’re not a taxpayer. If you get back more money than you pay in, you’re not a taxpayer. That being said, billions of taxpayer dollars go to social programs, whether citizens want them to or not.
And, as Perez should know, social programs are geared toward needy people. The current argument in Washington involves the wealthy paying more taxes as opposed to cutting government spending, which includes social programs. Unfortunately, Congress has yet to invoke their constitutional power and levy taxes in an equitable fashion. In my opinion, taxes should be based on what you make, without exemptions or deductions — no exceptions. Not only do the wealthy pay their fair share, so does your low-income worker. The collection of taxes should be just like sales tax — the more money involved, the more taxes you pay. Of course, my opinion won’t get traction, because the majority of wealthy American’s are Republicans and the majority of not-so-wealthy Americans are Democrats.
That being said, Congress is made up of mostly Republicans and Democrats, neither willing to compromise. In fact, we can’t get them to agree on anything. So, Perez was right by stating that President Obama didn’t deliver on all his promises. But, that’s no different than any other president who’s held this office — including President George Bush. As far as giving credit where it’s due regarding terrorism and war, let me tell you that presidents don’t go to war and very few public officials do either. When Perez suggests the president should have received credit over the Navy Seals, he/she needs to have the cranium examined. The Navy Seals risked their lives — not the president. Truth be told, any sitting president would have made the same call if they knew Bin Laden’s whereabouts. What upsets many taxpayers is the “entitlement” mentality. Some people feel it’s the government’s responsibility to take care of them. These same people quit school, refuse to work or have more kids than they can support. There’s a difference between being needy and being irresponsible.