Abolishing Taxes

Bert A. Loftman, MD
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Fall 1997
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Dear Editor,

Speaker Newt Gingrich unveils the new Republican priorities. I applaud their first priority of abolishing the estate income tax and the capital gains income tax. Certainly trickle down economics worked in the past, but why stop there? Why abolish income taxes for just those who have money? Why not help working families by also abolishing wage income taxes? A national sales tax is much fairer than any income tax. The Republicans would like to encourage small business growth and so would I, but why stop with growth. A national sales tax would allow working families to save tax-free. Then they could start their own small businesses. Much better to not only encourage small business growth but also small business start-ups.

I applaud the Republicans for wanting to improve public education. It sure needs something but does it need reform? Before Washington took up the cause of public education, local public education did just fine. It taught the kids reading, writing, and arithmetic. Then the teachers were unencumbered by Washington regulations and values. They could even teach the kids how to think. Then along came the National Department of Education and all this changed. Public education does not need reform, it needs to be freed from Washington. Reducing teen pregnancy is a great idea and restoring the American family is the best way to do this. The national income tax and the national welfare state are destroying families. Abolish both and not Washington values but family values will prevail.

Bert A. Loftman, MD
Atlanta, GA
AAPS member and Libertarian Candidate for U.S. Senate

Originally published in the Medical Sentinel 1997;2(4):119. Copyright © 1997 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).



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