Dear Editor, The Fourth of July is an appropriate day to respond to Mr. Black's contention that Texans are undertaxed ["Page Two," July 1]. How far we have come, or regressed, as a nation that we fought for our independence based in part on an abhorrence of taxation, and we now have Americans demanding more taxation. At least the founders of our country were smart enough to realize that the more of our income the government controls the more it controls us as individuals. Mr. Black sounds like a defense contractor telling the government that just for a few billion dollars more he can make his already behind schedule, overpriced, weapons system work the way it is supposed to in the first place. If throwing more money at government gives us better government then based on per-student spending the U.S. would have one of the best public education systems in the world and Washington, D.C., would have the second-best school system in the U.S. Reality of course shows us that throwing more money at the government does not give us better government, it just gives us more government. Look at what we are getting for what it already confiscates from us. Do we really want more? If you do not want to call it waste that is fine, but the problem is not how much we spend but the way we spend it. Some of the problems are voter-inflicted stupidity like multimillion-dollar renovations of high school football stadiums with press boxes worthy of NFL Monday Night Football. Others are government-inflicted, with things like outcome-based and bilingual education along with day care for the offspring of students, which tells you how well the sex education programs work.
Respectfully, Carl A. Anderson
[Ed.'s response: Your opinion is your opinion but the setting-up-straw-men award has to go to the sentence: "How far we have come, or regressed, as a nation that we fought for our independence based in part on an abhorrence of taxation and we now have Americans demanding more taxation," which is just as intellectually dishonest as is possible. Most of the country and most Americans are against more taxes, overwhelmingly. Some leaders during the revolution were in favor of more taxation, they just didn't want it to go to England. When I, as someone who feels taxes aren't very well thought about and too often readily dismissed by the vast majority of people, have no hesitation about expressing my decidedly unpopular views in print, that suggests just how far we really have come as a nation that once fought for our independence. To argue that even suggesting we are undertaxed is a regression, an indication of this country's failure, and a betrayal of the revolution (fought for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness) is spurious reasoning and self-righteous demagoguery.)