Donald Bryson’s attempted rebuttal (“Sunny North Carolina,” Aug. 5 letter) of Gene Nichol’s July 24 Point of View “The cold cruelty of NC leaders is to tax poor to render to rich” painted only half the picture. Nichol did not claim, as Bryson alleged, that “letting North Carolinians keep more of our hard-earned money is a bad thing.”
The crucial fact that Bryson, along with other mouthpieces for the rich, tries to hide is that the accompanying application of sales taxes to many more services and goods affects the poor much more harshly than it does the well-to-do. The new taxes consume a much greater portion of a poor person’s earnings than they do a rich person’s.
While those in a higher bracket benefit more from the exclusion of more income from taxation, they are affected much less by the new sales taxes. These adjustments serve to make taxes less means-based than they were before, which favors the rich.
The efforts of Bryson and Gov. Pat McCrory to pass this off as “allowing families and workers to keep more of what they make” is just one more lie.