Immigration Rally

Danielle Conrad, executive director of ACLU of Nebraska, holds up a copy of the U.S. constitution during the rally at the State Capitol Sunday.

Cal Thomas (“Spending cuts must follow tax plan,” Dec. 20) wants government to allow people to keep more of their hard-earned income.

The problem with this notion is that it ignores the Constitution. Congress has the power to tax to pay debts and provide for both defense and the general welfare (Article 1, Section 8).

Paying taxes is a constitutional duty because the Constitution is a social contract that specifies both rights and duties. People like Cal Thomas love to talk about their rights (e.g., the right to make money), but they forget that they have a duty to pay taxes.

Republicans want to cut taxes even though we have a massive federal debt. Surely, this is insane.

Thomas thinks we have to cut spending, but he does not understand that, although this will reduce the deficit, it will do nothing to pay down the existing debt.

The only way for government to pay debts is to tax the people. The first Congress understood this because they levied an excise tax on grain used to make whiskey to pay the debt from fighting the Revolutionary War. Grain farmers were wealthy because there was a market for whiskey, and it made sense to convert grain to whiskey and transport the whiskey to market.

Unlike the first Congress, Republicans today want to cut taxes on the wealthy and saddle our children and grandchildren with even more debt.

People like Thomas are devotees of Ayn Rand, who said "selfishness is a virtue."

William Boernke, Lincoln

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