To the editor:
Michael Hicks echos Paul Ryan and the GOP when he says, “America needs more people working, and fewer people taking” (Daily Journal, April 15).
As I mail in my tax return (I am a worker and a big payer, not a “taker”), I am outraged that the U.S. will give $41.8 billion in tax breaks for corporate income earned abroad, while at the same time the GOP is trying to drastically cut the social safety net for our poorest citizens.
Many Americans believe that a budget is a moral document and should reflect the needs of our people. I want our legislators to raise the minimum wage so workers for huge corporations like Wal-Mart do not have to use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and other programs. Wal-Mart does not pay its employees a living wage, so we have to foot the bill for social services. This is corporate welfare. I want meaningful immigration reform, reasonable gun control measures and worker protections.
I am sick of union-busting and teacher-bashing. I am a tax payer, not a “taker.” I want my taxes to be used for the public good: Roads, parks, public education, food inspection, bank regulation, and yes, a social safety net. Many ask, WWJD? My religious and moral belief is that Jesus would feed the poor, house the homeless and welcome the stranger. Big tax breaks for corporations? Not so much.