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Blame pols, not rich, for tax rate

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Ever since Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney released his tax return, the interviewers have been asking him and the media has been questioning: Is the tax rate paid by the rich fair?

The media’s implication, reinforced by the current administration’s sound bites, is that it is the fault of the rich that they pay a lower tax rate and that they should be blamed for not paying their fair share in relation to the average worker.

Everyone, no matter what their income level, must follow the tax code approved by Congress and signed into law by the president. If you want to blame anyone, you have to look at your elected representatives in Congress. They are the ones who write and approve the tax codes. The voters of this country should not let the media misdirect who really needs to be blamed.

And every time you hear a politician quote a statistic or an alleged fact, listen carefully to hear if they say the source of that information. Of course you will not hear it, so take the time to find out if some or any of what you hear is true.

It may help you decide who to vote for.

Michael Seeley

Whitestone

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