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Horton offensive

Posted: April 17, 2009 9:29 p.m.
Updated: April 18, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Gary Horton, in his article “Tea Partiers: Freedom isn’t actually free” (April 15), made some sweeping assumptions and off-base comparisons that had only one purpose — to label anyone who questions gross taxation an ignorant, calloused Republican.

Gary, freedom may not be free, but the government does not have a right to raise taxes when it can’t balance a budget based on 50 percent of the public’s income. Don’t believe you spend that much on taxes? Start with your federal and state taxes, sales tax, phone tax, water tax, property tax and DMV tax (not a comprehensive list of taxes). Do the math.  

Our government has no business spending money they do not have.

Fiscal stupidity is what got us into this mess to begin with, so why shouldn’t we be able to protest when that fiscal stupidity is exponentially expanded at an ever-increasing pace?

I was offended when you equated protesting fiscal irresponsibility with a lack of appreciation for our soldiers’ sacrifice. It is a slap in the face to every patriotic but frugal citizen who would rather support local businesses with their dollar than give it to a government that doesn’t know that same dollar’s worth.  

The vast majority of the bill for freedom that you suggest we should pay has nothing to do with most hard-working Americans, and everything to do with a government that spends money we do not have on programs we do not need.



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