Much of the middle class finds itself in an anxiety-inducing squeeze while the nation’s top 1 percent garners more and more of the income pie. Last Sunday’s Conversation explored the growing inequality in the United States and how many Americans don’t earn enough to support a middle-class family. We asked the question: What do you think about the growing disparity between the rich and poor?
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
A squeeze play
Re “Squeezing the middle class” (Forum, April 13): Susan Sward quotes author Thomas Frank, who blames some conservatives for “reducing corporations’ tax burdens.” In fact, the corporate tax rate in the United States is the highest in the world.
Even with the so-called tax breaks, the effective rate is about 35 percent higher than the world average. Perhaps that is one of the reasons that well-paying middle-class jobs in this country are disappearing.
– John Caldwell, Rocklin
Small- and medium-size businesses that serve our local communities are the backbone of our economy and provide more employment opportunities than most corporations.
California must rebuild our economy from the ground up, and it is why I want the income tax levied on revenues earned by sole proprietorships and general partnerships to be repealed. Giving this money back to our local communities will give these businesses the opportunity provide higher wages, employ more people, invest in equipment and offer better quality of life to our hard working citizens.
This isn’t even mentioning the fact the state of California can decide to not collect state taxes on those who earn minimum wage.
All it takes is to meet the actual people you sneer at to understand that you and I are fortunate beyond measure to have all the things we take for granted. We were given a hand up, many hands up, to get to the point of comfort where we can look down upon those still struggling. We benefited from government in more ways than you can count, and we have a responsibility not to forget that. Selfishness is what your words imply, Sandra.