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February 28, 2012

LETTERS: Feb. 29, 2012

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — I am paying too much in taxes

Stepping back, I was just wondering how many of you out there have an occupation as a result of the training you received from serving our country in the armed forces as both me and my boy have?

Some have better-paying jobs than others and of course that’s their choice. So why is Floyd County GOP Chairman Dave Matthews getting blasted for something so many of us are or should be thankful for?

Then we come to the issue of taxes and are we paying too much. Where do I start on this?

My wife and I are retired and we, as Mr. Matthews, feel we pay too much. Why? Especially because our president is using our taxes primarily to extend his left-wing agenda.

We wonder why Warren Buffet, the Koch brothers and many more of the super rich have used their influence to receive tax breaks resulting in all of them paying a less percentage of their taxes than we do. We wonder how many of our tax dollars have been spent on multiple studies by the Corps of Engineers and other government agencies for over 30 years to build another bridge across the Ohio. We wonder how many of our tax dollars are spent on five agencies trying to coordinate their regulations in granting an oil company permission to drill. We wonder why Peter Orszag, the former head of the budget for Obama, would say our taxes are being wasted when we have 110 agencies trying to promote science for our children.

We agree with Democrats Harkin, Warner and Manchin decrying the Social Security tax cut (payroll tax cut) for a fund that dearly needs money while failing to cut anywhere else … and real taxes.

I don’t know Mr. Matthews, but by now, if you step back from any partisanship, his blessing of military training provided to him, like you, a vocation. If you don’t agree we are paying too much in taxes for government waste and duplication, then perhaps you’re related to “left field” Susan Ryan.

— John Krueger, Clarksville

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