To the Times of Ti:
Dan Alexander’s column (Feb. 16) gives one insight into the thinking of what a flat tax might do for our country! The remarks of Dr. Benjamin Carson of John Hopkins with regard to the Bible and the fairness of tithing makes sense if one has the ability to afford it! Dr. Carson uses the analogy of what is fair for both the rich man and the poor man if they both give 10 percent! Unfortunately we have many who can’t afford to tithe even 5 percent because they have children to feed and jobs that pay below the poverty level! These people are God’s children and would give if they could.
The difference between those who have billions and those who have little is greed, not how much they tithe! Jesus talks of this to his apostles about the woman and her two mites! “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”
Dr. Carson talks of the 602 banks in the Cayman Islands and would have us believe if we had a flat tax of 10 percent for everyone, the very rich would stop putting their money in the Caymans and bring it back to our country! He is entitled to his opinion but I believe the rich will always hide their money in places like the Caymans and elsewhere as they always have! He does put in a caveat about changing loopholes in our tax system but who among us believes this would happen?
Taxing people who live below the poverty limit doesn’t make sense and a flat tax would only serve the rich who would conceal their incomes to pay less!
I took Mr. Alexander’s advice and watched the video of the prayer breakfast and Dr. Carson’s whole speech, it was enlightening on many subjects! Here was a man who came up from extreme poverty and made it in a world dominated by those who had much more! He is to be given credit for his accomplishments and his faith in God! This being said Dr. Carson’s simple solution to our taxation problem is like the Holy Grail, it doesn’t exist! Our tax code needs to be simplified, dismantled and changed but in a way that is fair to everyone! As Jesus said to the Pharisees “Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s”!
I wish it were as easy as Dr. Carson believes, but sadly it isn’t. As for the 602 banks in the Cayman Islands, our government should pursue those who would seek their fortunes and safety in our Country and make them pay their fair share! I don’t want to hurt anyone for making it, as this is the American dream! It isn’t a question of hurt but rather fairness when it comes to taxation!
Gary P. Guido, Ticonderoga