Re "Lining up for the cap and trade gusher" (Dan Morain, March 23): Government actions resulting in over regulations on businesses, over-taxation and uncontrollable fees are contributing to the middle class becoming an endangered species as the inequality has deepened. This results in consumers now paying for over-regulations to businesses.
Costs resulting from government actions on businesses are a slight inconvenience to those making the big bucks. Those behind the over-regulations, taxation, uncontrollable fees, are mostly well-compensated, most with sweet defined retirement benefit packages waiting for them upon retirement.
The middle class are the ones who can least afford higher costs for power, transportation fuels and food. There is minimal impact to those that can afford the results of our relentless business unfriendly efforts, but little hope for those that barely exist at today's cost of living.
-- Ronald Stein, Irvine