In a recent article about the “Occupy Wall Street” protest, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain was quoted as saying that those activists are “un-American,” and that (the protest) is not the way America was built.
Evidently, Cain missed school the day the American Revolution was discussed. The citizens then were protesting against unfair taxation.
Today’s activists are also protesting unfair taxation, i.e., that multi-millionaires and large corporations pay a lower rate of taxes than the rest of us, which is seen as patently unfair. The excuse for their lower taxation is that they need it “to create jobs.”
They’ve created jobs all right. Unfortunately, most of them are in foreign lands where the wages are lower and, therefore, the profits higher. The rich get richer while the middle class disappears.
The political right continues its mantra of “no new taxes,” in spite of the fact that the nation’s revenues are not enough to cover expenses. Slashing money from education, Medicare and infrastructure projects just isn’t going to cut it.
At the very least, officials should let the Bush tax cuts expire, as they were meant to do.
If the American Legislative Exchange Council and the Koch brothers had their way, the U.S. would be back to being a feudal society.
My grandson, a junior at UMass, is participating in “Occupy Amherst,” and I am proud of him and his compatriots. If I were 30 years younger, I would join them.
Dolores Hoeh, Bethel