Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

February 6, 2013

In Your View

The Independent

ASHLAND — 2nd Amendment not about hunting

The Second Amendment was put in the United States Constitution to protect the God-given rights of American citizens from the prospect of a one day tyrannical government. The Second Amendment has nothing to do with protecting the rights of hunters.

Why do we tolerate President Obama and his administration to arm dubious rebels in foreign lands with assault weapons to fight their governments while the United States government is intent on taking these kinds of weapons away from law-abiding citizens in this country?

Some of the new laws being pushed in Congress and by President Obama with his executive orders would require our local police to confiscate certain firearms from law-abiding citizens right here in America.

As Patrick Henry proclaimed: “Are we at last brought to such a humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in our own possession and under our own direction, than having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?”

James Kunkel, Warsaw

30 percent tax rate looks good

The Fair Tax Act proposes a tax on all new merchandise and services in place of all income taxes, payroll taxes, corporation taxes and taxes on dividends, interest, and capital gains. Critics of the act, which proposes a 23 percent inclusive tax, have confused the issue by saying that this law is in reality a 30 percent tax. To clear up this misinformation, consider the following explanation.

The 23 percent tax is included in the stated price of each item or service. Thus for a $100 item, $23 goes for taxes, and the remaining $77 pays the cost of the item.

This is the same as saying that if you are in the 25 percent income tax bracket for every $100 you earn, $25 goes for taxes and you keep $75. On the other hand if you divide $23 by $77 you come up with a 30 percent tax, but to be fair, your income tax rate by this same method would be calculated by dividing $25 by $75, which is 33 percent. And if you add in your $7.65 payroll tax for social security, you now pay $32.65 and keep $67.35, which is really a 48.5 percent tax. Thus the 30 percent Fair Tax rate looks good.

Patrick R. Burkett, Bend, Ore.

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