Thomas K. Spence Jr.: Care, not cuts

July 20, 2013 

Care, not cuts

Why do I not share the jubilation of Republican lawmakers who have given us a new and improved formula for taxing our citizens? Could it be because the wealthy will be taxed at the same rate as the rest of us? Could it be because these so-called reforms have been made on the backs of the poor and others with special needs?

I would prefer that we have adequate revenues to support the arts, to keep museums and historic sites open, to assure medical help for those who cannot afford it, to pay teachers a living wage, to create a first-class educational system, to strengthen law enforcement agencies and firefighting efforts and to develop environmental measures that preserve the quality of our water and air.

The prophet Isaiah has a stern warning for lawmakers: “The Lord enters into judgment with the elders and princes of his people. It is you who have devoured the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people, by grinding the face of the poor?”

Thomas K. Spence Jr.


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