Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 | 2 a.m.
Regarding Kevin Alexander’s letter in Sunday’s Sun:
Mr. Alexander’s focus on the deficit and taxing the poor is disheartening. This Tea Partyer seems to have misdirected priorities. Jobs, the economy, home foreclosures, protecting Social Security and Medicare should be addressed first. Does he think that people who are losing their homes or jobs are concerned about the deficit? Really?
Government spending creates jobs. So did the stimulus. But the stimulus was not big enough. While voting against it, the Republican politicians managed to take credit by being in photo ops presenting job-creating stimulus checks.
Cut spending — not by reducing the number of firefighters, police, teachers, bridge repairs, veterans benefits, et al, but by eliminating fraud and inflation in government contracts.
By the way, the 49 percent of Americans who aren’t paying federal income taxes includes people with income levels below the poverty line. They do pay state and local taxes. Alexander appears not to be concerned about the richest 1 percent of Americans who don’t pay their fair share and can afford it — just the 49 percent who can’t.