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Letter: Graduated income tax system a sign of oppression

Published: Monday, May 5, 2014 11:53 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, May 5, 2014 11:55 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I am solidly against the proposal for a graduated income tax system in Illinois and urge all of us to vote against it. My reasons:

• Illinois recently imposed a significant income tax increase. The financial condition of the state, nevertheless, remains embarrassing.

• We have experienced income tax increases that were promised to be temporary. Need I say more?

• The only government solution to fiscal issues seems to be increased taxes. This is a strategy that will fail. The total tax burden on the average citizen can now be estimated at a minimum of 36 percent of income and much higher for most people. It is immoral to confiscate that level of a person's income, irrespective of their income level.

• The very people targeted by this new tax are in the best position to move out of state. I know several people who have already done so. Illinois is losing population and it is not a coincidence.

• A graduated income tax easily feeds on the jealousy and covetousness. Don't forget, however, that inflation will invariably pull everyone into the category of the highest tax rates. Ask not for whom the bell tolls.

No amount of revenue will ever compensate for the failure to live within one's means. Every family and business knows this. Only government seems to have forgotten that lesson. The fiscal issues in Illinois will be resolved one way or another: either through responsible fiscal management or through bankruptcy.

One last point: I notice that those promoting this tax have draped the term "fair" around it. Who, after all, could be against fairness? This proposal is anything but fair. It is rather a signal of oppression. Please vote no.

Michael Kerner


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