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Letter: Sin of taxing wealthy

As the campaign of class warfare and pitting one group of Americans against another continues, I thought it might be useful to examine this tactic in the light of what most of us learned in Sunday school. I am assuming most Christian denominations still teach the Ten Commandments. When the President and the Minnesota Democratic Party imply that the "wealthy" are not paying their "fair share," they are really tempting us to commit the sin of envy and coveting. And because we are all sinners, it is a very easy trap to fall into. After all they (the wealthy) have more than they "need."

The ninth or tenth Commandment though, teaches that we are not to covet (desire to have) our neighbor's home or anything else that is his, but rather assist him in keeping it. It is not all right to reach our hands into our neighbor's pocket to help pay for things we think will make us feel better. It is not up to use to decide that in order to achieve a desired outcome, we can simply vote it out of our neighbor's wallet by raising his taxes (or lowering ours.) Rather, if something is worth doing, everyone should pay a proportionate share.

According to statistics in tax year 2009, the top 10 percent of taxpayers paid 70.47 percent of all federal personal income taxes. That means that the other 90 percent paid only 29.53 percent. We already have a very progressive tax system. What we need is tax reform and to reduce the size of government.

Alanah Karpen