The Real Election Issue

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About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

4 Responses to The Real Election Issue

  1. Sean says:

    The poor and particularly the middle class do pay taxes, just not the more apparent income taxes. They taxes they pay are carefully hidden from view. Look at the sales tax in CA, almost 10% in some places. Then there are payroll taxes, 13.5% half paid by employee and half paid by employer, (which means it holds down wages). If a middle class person making more than $35K has health insurance coverage, they get no government help to defray the inflated costs for health care, ~$20K per household, and that money they pay for health insurance premiums covers the shortfall from discounts the government takes from providers.
    Russ, the middle class is needed by the Republican party if they want to win the election in November. These folks with household income in the $40-$80K range represent 40% of the electorate. The way to win them over to the idea of smaller government is not to bring up a class warfare cartoon. Rather its to account for and document the amount of taxes the regular people actually pay (but man not be aware of) and then ask them if they are getting their money’s worth or if its the priority for the spending is correct. I can’t imagine a working mother and father bringing home $75K between the two of them, sending their kids off to a school whose budget has be cut drastically and are looking a much higher expenses for college ahead reacting positively to a 650% increase in state employee retirees bringing in 6 figures.

  2. RL Crabb says:

    The Republicans would probably do better in this state if they stuck to the politics of balancing budgets instead of trying to inflict their own version of Big Nanny on us and proposed a reasonable compromise on immigration. I’m not holding my breath.

  3. Dena says:

    This year I find my self not paying my fair share. No games with withholding but I still owe Arizona, California and the Federal government over $1000 combined. How can people not be offended by what Obama is saying when at least half the country is in the same position that I am? Next year I will play games with withholding by bumping it up. Spread the pain out over the year instead of all at once.

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