Who is paying the largest share?

To the editor:

What possible creative juices can Paul Hoffinger (“A puzzle and key,” Sun Thisweek Aug. 17) relate to when he says our problems stem from an underpaid workforce that is taxed far beyond their “fair share”? Sounds like the platform of a party that has led us into a debt crisis which obligates our families to come up with almost $50,000 in order to eradicate it.

My friends, clients and colleagues are well aware they are picking up the tab for the 99 percent who are paying their “fair share.” Who is putting $10,000 in the education pot for every child they have in our public schools? Nobody I know, except me and my friends and clients. If you check closely you will find huge numbers of Minnesotans aren’t even covering their maintenance with the taxes they pay or don’t pay.

As I have said many times in a multitude of letters, my clients range from the upper 5 percent to 1 percent and the only thing they consider “luck” in their lives is finding someone who could open their eyes to the opportunities available to all.


  • Rosie from Rosemount

    Thank you Mr. Wicker. As always, well said.

    One cannot reap benefit without taking some risk. Some people take bigger risks than others and get handsome rewards. Some people take no risk at all but insist on both receiving the benefits from their lack of risk investment AND punishing those who, in the case of government fiscal policy, actually reduce their tax payments and increase their level of services.

    Carzy is if crazy does.

    • Deborah Nelson

      Rosie you have the crazy right.

      • Rosie from Rosemount

        Deborah, it is a far better thng than the crazy LEFT!

  • RollieB

    What, exactly, do you object to, Mr. Wicker? Mr Hoffinger’s letter simply posed a supposition of a changing the way we as a society collaborate. (“The ability of local units of government service to collaborate and share seems like an idea whose time has come.”) I’m guessing you’re bothered by Hoffinger’s statement “…develop our futures in ways not limited to accumulation of wealth in the hands of the lucky few.” For those claim to be part of the 1% there is little sympathy from most of the 99%.

  • Rosie from Rosemount

    RollieB, If you actually read Mr. Wicker’s letter, the answer to your first question is in his first sentence. Since you are “guessing” about Mr. Wicker’s intent, perhaps I should “guess” about your intent with a few postulations regarding your intents and motives. Does this sound like a fair way to proceed?No, it is not, so I will not do so.

    Why would anyone have sympathy for the 1%? Are they all ill with a horrid flesh-eating disease? As far as I know, the 1% with a few obvious exceptions are not looking for sympathy, rather for fairness. The attack on the 1% is no different than Saddam Hussein’s attack on Kuwait, meaning Kuwait was there, Kuwait was comparatively small, easy to pick on, and had wealth that supposedly could be easily assimilated into Iraq without Iraq actually creating that wealth for itself. John Kerry, the former Democrat Presidential Candidate perhaps summed things up best when asked about the family fortune he and his wife controlled as heirs to Heinz Ketchup: “This is our money to do with as we please. We pay taxes and invest honestly. We decide how much to donate and to whom to donate. We keep the money for ourselves and our accountants work hard to minimize what the government takes from us, and my wife and I believe this is the American way. Those who criticize me and my family for our wealth have no understanding of the hard work, risk and determination that goes into earning and keeping such wealth. I have a difficult time comprehending the envy of so many: If only they spent their time learning and earning instead of whining, this country would take a big step in the right direction.” Newsweek Interview, 2004. Interestingly, no one in the media criticized Mr. Kerry durig the election about mooring his $17 million yacht in Rhode Island instead of his home state of Massachusettes, thus mitigating the $500,000 state tax in Massachusetts, the state he represented as a US Senator. This came out only after he lost the election and more of his tax statements were analyzed by the media. And let us not forget the current Treasury Secretary under Mr. Obama who had millions of dollars of completely UNPAID taxes to the IRS, yet Mr. Obama moved forward with his nomination. As a candidate, Mr. Kerrry had amassed a fortune beyond that of Mr. Romney. Heinz profitted from closing plants and moving jobs to Mexico and elsewhere, often leaving unemployed union workers in its wake. RollieB, the hypocrisy STINKS, and if you don’t agree with that statement, your motives are highly questionable.

    • RollieB

      Wow! Take a breath. I’m not sure how John Kerry got into this thread but so be it. But, really, I wasn’t addressing you, Rosie, I was directing my comments toward Mr. Wicker. I didn’t know you were his spokes person.

  • Rosie from Rosemount

    Hey, this is a public message board. If you don’t want others to participate, write Mr. Wicker a private letter.

    Interesting that you attack and not refute.

    • RollieB

      Refute what?

  • Rosie from Rosemount

    How true: It is inrefutable.

  • wageslave

    From Wicker’s letter:

    “Who is putting $10,000 in the education pot for every child they have in our public schools? Nobody I know, except me and my friends and clients.”

    Nobody pays state and local taxes except those people?

    • Rosie from Rosemount

      I too was a bit perplexed by that statement. I think I understand the intent, but I would have still liked that confirmed by Mr. Wicker with a clarification.

  • RollieB

    Mr Wicker said: “Sounds like the platform of a party that has led us into a debt crisis…”

    Ahem, that would be both parties, but mainly the Republicans. We had a surplus with Clinton. Then we went south.

    About 33 percent of the swing to our deficit stems from new legislation signed by Mr. Bush. That legislation, like his tax cuts and the Medicare prescription drug benefit, not only continue to cost the government but have also increased interest payments on the national debt.
    Mr. Obama’s main contribution to the deficit is his extension of several Bush policies, like the Iraq war and tax cuts for households making less than $250,000. Such policies together with the Wall Street bailout, which was signed by Mr. Bush and supported by Mr. Obama account for 20 percent of the swing.

    About 7 percent comes from the stimulus bill that Mr. Obama signed in February. And only 3 percent comes from Mr. Obama’s agenda on health care, education, energy and other areas.
    If the analysis is extended further into the future, well beyond 2012, the Obama agenda accounts for only a slightly higher share of the projected deficits.