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February 28, 2009 at 3:28 PM

President Obama’s tax breaks

A clear “yes”

Honestly, I don’t know how President Obama could have been any clearer Feb. 24 in his address to Congress and the nation.

With apologies to the new president: Yes, we can rebuild; yes, we can recover; and, yes, the United States of America can emerge stronger than before.

— Denny Freidenrich, Laguna Beach, Calif.

Time for fair and equal protection

How is being unfair twice fair [“Obama to pitch further taxes on wealthy” page one, Feb. 26]? Didn’t Obama’s mom teach him that two wrongs don’t make a right?

Let me get this straight.

It’s not fair when the government taxes you at a higher rate and you reduce your income through deductions available to everyone, such as charitable giving, you should still pay the higher-tax rate, but get a lesser-tax deduction?

The only reason a high-tax-rate individual will “save” more on a deduction than a low-tax-rate person is because the government is taxing the former at a higher rate in the first place.

Maybe it’s time for true, fair and equal protection under the law: Tax people at all income (or better yet, consumption) levels at a single rate, regardless of income, and remove all deductions.

Billions of dollars will be saved in tax preparation, tax collection and tax avoidance.

— David Wall, Kirkland

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