published Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

'Anti-tax sentiments and America’s roots' and more letters to the editor

Anti-tax sentiments and America’s roots

Nothing defines the American political psyche more than the fact that we don’t like to pay taxes. Our founding fathers’ mantra was “no taxation without representation.” They really meant “No taxation, period!” No campaign rhetoric gets more votes today than a promise to lower taxes.

Ironically, middle income Americans who pay substantial income and sales taxes will readily support cuts in income, capital gains and estate taxes for millionaires who need them the least. They approve these reductions even though it might cause their own taxes to increase. They are also easily persuaded that we desperately need “tax relief” (George W.’s terminology), even though our tax rate is the third lowest in the developed world and the absolute lowest among the wealthiest nations. The American middle class has been taken in.

But we come by this anti-tax mystique honestly, it traces back to our roots. A nation founded on a tax revolt, Americans seem to have a natural “aversion” not only to taxes, but to government in general.

Possibly due to a psychological phenomenon called “last place aversion,” throughout our history our tax policies have mostly favored entrenched wealth over the average American. We need to rethink some things.

GEORGE B. REED JR.

Rossville

God predicted persecution

It is sometimes difficult to understand being sad and yet happy at the same time. I am saddened by all the hatred spewing forth from perceived decent people, and yet happy for the validation of the accuracy of the Bible which prophesied that this would happen in the last days of earth’s current status.

You don’t like the Bible? That is your prerogative. But your dislike comes as no surprise to avid students of God’s Word. The thousands of its predictions of future events that have proven to be true have strengthened my faith in God all the more. Even though it is also prophesied that people like me will face deprivation, even death as in the Dark Ages, I will still hold to the proven fact that God has better days ahead for the true believer. And He doesn’t require that I strap a bomb on my belly to prove it. All He asks of me is to love my fellow man/woman.

That love for whoever you are is prompting me to invite you to find out for yourself what Jesus has prepared for His people. Don’t listen to the “other force”.

JIM ORRISON

Cleveland, Tenn.

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daytonsdarwin said...

"happy for the validation of the accuracy of the Bible" . . .

Validated by what? Not by science, not by history, not by any thinking person who sees that the BIble is not literal and true.

But Bible-Bangers ignore science, history, and metaphor. That's a good reason alone to keep any form of Creationism out of public schools and religion out of all government.

October 2, 2013 at 8:19 a.m.
librul said...

Hey Jim - what does the babble say about this year's World Series and Super Bowl? Since many players attribute their success to extraterrestrial forces instead of their own talent; genuflecting in the end zone or pointing to the sky after catching a pass, for example; surely it contains a prediction that will give a betting man an edge. Please get back to us on that, ok? I mean, the fact that jesus wouldn't know a football from a donkey turd shouldn't affect the validity of the prediction.

October 2, 2013 at 9:40 a.m.
LibDem said...

Much of my life I've predicted that the sun will return. Several thousands of my predictions have come to pass. I must be a god.

October 2, 2013 at 1:13 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

JIM ORRISON, please name even one specific modern-day prophecy in the Bible that has come true and that is not based on numerology or symbolism, both of which are wide open for interpretation. The only prophecies that have "come true" in the Bible are the many circular prophecies that any writer(s) of fiction can create within the context of the narrative. There has been nothing historical or evidentiary to support the prophecies that have supposedly come true. And I'm sorry but "wars and rumors of wars" doesn't count. You're pretty much talking about the human condition ever since the inception of humankind millions of years ago. Oops...I've obviously been listening to that "other force," in this case the science of biological evolution. Shame on me. I guess I'll just have to burn in hell for daring to use my brain to think with instead of blindly following your dictatorial (but loving) god. What's up with that anyway? What does your god have against thinking? He gives us minds to think with but we're not supposed to use them to think? And then if we do think with them, we burn in hell for it? Sounds a bit harsh to me. And pretty sadistic on the part of your god. But what do I know? I'm just one of those hapless souls caught up in the voo-doo of the "other force."

October 2, 2013 at 3:52 p.m.
ToHoldNothing said...

Yes, I can tell you love people when you insist that certain actions that have no moral effect on others, particularly responsible and consensual sex acts between adults, are repugnant and on equal footing with things that are demonstrably wrong, like rape and other such problems that exist and have no end in sight. And saying I'm going to hell must be the epitome of affection towards your fellow human. Leave that judgment to your god, who's perfect, not your sinful and flawed self that God only deigns to give bits and pieces of revelation when its caprice motivates it.

Your God must have all the compassion in the world for me, sending me to some form of eternal torment because I choose not to waste my time worshiping it, let alone acknowledge its existence as anything but wishful thinking.

Presumptuous entity it is, thinking my life is without purpose or fulfillment if I don't believe in and worship it as the source of morality, even though morality is by its nature a human experiment, one that has borne much fruit, bad and good. By no means is it perfect, but such a thing would be boring by its nature, unchanging and unquestionable.

October 2, 2013 at 5:27 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

In Regards to 'God predicted persecution'

Quoted from, I believe, Billy Graham:

If God doesn't judge the United States of Gomorrah, i mean America, then, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah!"

For just one example, look at what many in the homosexual community (Jesus Christ calls this an abomination are actively engaged in an pursuing, like 'BUG CHASING' (purposely trying to contract the HIV/AIDS Virus). Suicidal under the guise of 'Brotherhood/Sisterhood...Huuuhhh!

For those who have not yet learned that I only utilize the most scientific citing/references, I offer this PUBMED~ NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH ..REFERENCE: (This in regard to the infectious disease causing homosexual practice of fecal matter interactions behavior).

Homosexual 'Felching'. Just one of among many of their hidden behaviors.

CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/21573705/?i=3&from=/19543410/related

The homosexuals ingest the sperm/semen mixed with fecal matter and the blood from the tearing of the intestines due to the kind of sex they (many,many,many) prefer.

Ken ORR

October 3, 2013 at 10:13 p.m.
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