From: Radley Balko [email@example.com]
Tuesday, April 22, 2003 9:05 AM
To: Gundy, Jeff
Tax the Poor?
1) Worked at a minimum wage job:
2) Went to college: Check.
3) Tried to
scrape together money for books, burgers, etc.: Check.
Read Ehrenriech's book: Check.
I suggest you read It's Getting
Better All the Time, by Steve Moore and Julian Simon. The book shows
with graphs and charts how economic liberty and free markets have made America's
"poor" the richest poor in human history.
My point was not to make
life more miserable for the poor. It was to war of the dangers that come
with an ever-growing entitlement class of people getting their entitlements from
an ever-shrinking "investor class."
Today, government spending
accounts for 20% of GDP. That's a dangerously high number. Until
all Americans feel the bite of paying for government programs, I fear
that number will only increase.
At 09:54 AM 4/22/2003 -0400, you
We found your "Tax the
Poor" column interesting, to say the least. As a class of college students who
are all poor, we wonder whether you went to college. Did you go through what
we are going through right now, trying to scrape together enough money for
books, tuition and an occasional McDonalds burger?
We would like to suggest that you read B. Ehrenriech's
Nickel and Dimed and spend some time working at a minimum wage job.
(Please cut up your credit cards first.)
College Issues in Modern America Class
P.S.: Our finals are due soon. Any help you could offer would be