Dear Editor,



I see in the papers that presidential candidate Rick Perry has introduced his new flat tax plan. It calls for a twenty percent flat tax across the board. Maybe there is something about it I don’t understand, because I did a little arithmetic and found that it would amount to a 130 percent increase in my income taxes.

Dear Editor,

I see in the papers that presidential candidate Rick Perry has introduced his new flat tax plan. It calls for a twenty percent flat tax across the board. Maybe there is something about it I don’t understand, because I did a little arithmetic and found that it would amount to a 130 percent increase in my income taxes.

Or I would have the option to stay with the old income tax program. So we would have TWO income tax programs. Huh?

From what I have read, the flat tax would increase taxes substantially on lower and middle income folks, like most of us in Pittsburg, and would be a real boon to the “fat cats.”

This would also cause a drastic decrease in tax revenues. Remember “tax revenues” pay for our roads and bridges, our military, a good part of the police operations, welfare programs, airline safety, and many other things we consider to be necessities.

As to Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 proposal, even he doesn’t seem to understand it. It would probably bankrupt the country.

You can try out Perry’s flat tax plan. Just look at last year’s income tax forms. Find the line with total income, and multiply that by .20 (for twenty percent). Then compare that with the taxes you paid last year. You will probably be as shocked as I was.

And I haven’t even mentioned his proposal to privatize Social Security.

Stay tuned for more wacky (but really scary) ideas from the Republican candidates for president.