In the letter "Miniscule", Troy Stafford engages in the standard deceptive ploy of the left by showing the federal tax rate of a rich individual, in this case Mitt Romney, and comparing that to the entire tax bill to include the payroll, the local, and state taxes for someone in the middle class.
This is done intentionally to mislead the reader into thinking that there is a huge tax burden difference and that the tax code is unfairly biased in favor of the rich.
The comparison also calculated what Romney's federal taxes would be under the Ryan plan but failed to provide the same courtesy to the middle class.
Mr. Stafford then states that "Many of us in the middle class pay an effective rate up to 35 percent today", but according to the CBO report "Distribution of Household Income and Federal Taxes, 2008 and 2009," nearly 80 percent of the people reading this letter have an effective Federal tax rate of under 10 percent.
I agree with Mr. Stafford that we need to have a discussion on taxes and tax reform, but before we can start that talk we need to at least start being honest.
Gavin T. Ferringer
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