Youngblood: On Trump not paying taxes: 'Freedom isn't free'

Youngblood: On Trump not paying taxes: 'Freedom isn't free'

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The debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton touched on income tax returns. Clinton pointed out Trump's taxes became public a few years ago when he applied for a casino license, and showed he paid no federal income taxes. Trump replied under his breath, "That makes me smart." He then lamented the horrible conditions of our roads, bridges, infrastructure — everything our country depends on taxes to build, maintain and support.

How many other "smart" bazillionaires pay no taxes by "purchasing" congressmen and senators providing loopholes "keeping taxes low?" What if next April 15, everyone in the U.S. decided to be "smart," and nobody paid. Where would we be as a country?

"Trickle down" economics benefit those who can afford to pay their fair share to balance federal (and state) budgets; yet, they're loudest to complain "our military is a disaster, our roads are a disaster, our education system is a disaster" when tax revenues come only from those with the least.

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Businesses sell products for profit to owners. Governments provide services to constituents. Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution provides that Congress shall have power "to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States ..." and paying taxes, like it or not, supports democracy.

Freedom isn't free.

Susan Youngblood

Caledonia

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