The inequality tax
ABC News recently asked a group of business leaders gathered at a convention if they planned to hire more people as a result of Trump’s tax cuts. Very few raised their hands. Today’s corporations are already swimming in cash. Some CEOs have already planned giving the money to their investors in the form of higher dividends or corporate stock buy-backs. Very little will benefit the working class. According to the Tax Policy Institute, 82.8 percent of the Republican tax cuts will be going to the richest 1 percent of our society. This steady flow of income and wealth away from the working class in our country has been going on for a long time. Led by the power and greed of the Koch Brothers and the richest .01 percent of our population, hundreds of million dollars have been given to the GOP to influence our national, state and even our local elections. Tax cuts for the rich, unscrupulous deregulation of its businesses and anti-labor laws throughout the country have made that money spent well worth it.
It used to be there was a direct correlation between the income generated in an average hour of work (productivity) and the wages and benefits an employee received. That stopped in the mid 1970s. Since then, productivity has continued its steady climb while compensation has been flat at best. According to the Economic Policy Institute, if people were being paid today to account for gains in productivity, the average family would be making an additional 20 percent. For a family making $60,000, that’s $12,000. That difference is an indirect tax, an inequality tax, paid by the working class to the very rich.
John Scarmana, Meriden
It’s not show business
It is time we get down to business without emerging into a great show of political theater.
Unfortunately at the 12/11 Southington Town Council meeting an opportunity to do just that was sidelined when the minority party thought they could score a few political shots after the council chairman explained the process for selection of the new town attorney, the history behind the selection process and the duties of the office. The town attorney is an appointed position that serves the term of the council. This process is not new. It is my understanding that every member of the council was emailed regarding what the selection process was and only one member of the minority party called to ask if a certain attorney was being appointed. Our friends across the aisle had no comment until the “spotlight” was on. Then might I add, after the banter, the vote was unanimous to the appointment.
The citizens of Southington are looking for good debate without the dramatic theater that many Americans are getting tired of. Putting ideas and issues on the table and finding the best solution is what I believe Southington wants and deserves. We have great representation on the council. Let’s try to keep Broadway in New York and Southington moving forward.
Robert M. Berkmoes, Southington
The writer is the Democratic town chairman.
A message from a Baptist minister to my liberal friends: “Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.
I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2018, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other countries nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishes.” To my conservative friends: “MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR”!
Thomas Zagorski, Meriden
In the name of transparency, which the city council prides itself of, I suggest any potential candidate for the new city manager post has the opportunity to view the council meeting of December 18th, 2017, before making their decision to accept the job.
Frank MilanoJr., Meriden
Having an impact
The town charter requires that the town council vote to elect a new chairman and vice chairman on the first council meeting of every even numbered year. This follows the election season. I believe there is wisdom in this requirement and it sets the stage for new and fresh ideas and leadership.
There has recently been considerable emerging support for new leadership on the council and I now believe it is time for a change. Toward that end I have nominated Craig Fishbein for Chair and Jason Zandri for Vice chair. Both have been outspoken advocates for the town and I believe would be welcome additions to this role.
We are in a challenging time politically that calls for proactive leadership that will challenge the status quo and find new solutions as we move forward. Wallingford residents who agree with this notion should take the time and speak to their representatives on the council and express their support for these two candidate or others if they have another preference. They should also get their neighbors involved since it is only through active involvement that you will have any impact.
Paul Ciardullo Sr., Wallingford