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Whatever happened to tax cuts.

David Weigel ("Whatever Happened to Tax Cuts?," March) quotes a spokesman for former presidential contender Mike Huckabee saying, "If you're a CEO making $20 million, your biggest concern is not marginal tax rates." The question that needs to be asked by Huckabee, the Club for Growth, and others is "why?"

The easy answer is the concept of "take-home pay." Without actually holding a check in your hand for your pay, and writing a check for your taxes, it is easy to miss the percentage you are paying. If you do not look at your pay stub closely, you become accustomed to what you are receiving "after taxes" instead of pre-tax. Out of sight, out of mind. People deserve to be aware of the amount of money that is being spent in Washington.

Yet another example of the corrosive effect of" take-home pay" is that taxpayers are excited to get a tax refund when they should be upset that they have given Washington a zero interest loan for up to a year. Similarly, the idea of employers "paying half" of some taxes is merely a trick to disguise your true tax rate. For anyone who cares about transparency in government, or anyone who cares about the size of government, ending the concept of "take-home pay" by eliminating withholding is an idea whose time has come.

Airot Parker

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Date:Jul 1, 2008
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