A Poverty Of Spirit In America

To The Editor:

Our leaders with their laws, regulations and executive orders mandating the “greater good” are dismantling the Constitution and nullifying the Bill of Rights.

Successful wealthy persons are labeled greedy “one percenters,” “rich” is equated with evil and the term “individualist” has become synonymous with “sociopath” or selfish. An overzealous compassion has created burgeoning unsustainable entitlements that make no distinction between “needs” and “wants.” We measure the success of welfare programs by the number of people who are added and not by how many drop out and become self reliant. Programs that were instituted to conditionally aid and support families in times of crisis have become “entitlements” and have been expanded to guarantee recipients an ample, satisfying lifestyle.  In this day and age, it is acceptable and even fashionable to demand confiscatory taxation and expropriation of wealth to support the lifestyles of the “99 percenters” in the name of “fairness.” The IRS, renamed the Income Redistribution Service, claims the top ten percent of earners are not paying a “fair share,” when in reality, they account for 70 percent of the revenue collected.

Voices around the world, among them the International Monetary Fund, are calling for higher taxes on the wealthy. The IMF calculates that the revenue-maximizing tax rate for the United States is 56 to 71 percent, way above the present 45 percent top rate for federal, state and local taxes combined. Will someone with an ounce of integrity please explain and clarify which international law authorizes confiscation of private wealth?

Denials and intellectual dishonesty cannot obfuscate the assault on the Constitution. No amount of government redistribution can overcome the ultimate poverty of spirit.

Ed Konecnik,
Flushing