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Sunday, August 08, 2004

Rare letter

in the Daily Camera, in support of the president
TAXES: Bush has let us keep more money

Every year, an independent tax watchdog group analyzes the average tax burden on Americans, and then calculates the "tax freedom day." This is the day after which the money you earn goes to you, not the government. This year, tax freedom day was April 11, the earliest it has been since 1991. Its latest day ever was May 2, 2000. Notice anything special about those dates?

John Kerry gave a recent speech in which he claimed Americans are actually paying more taxes under Bush, despite the tax cuts. He gave no explanation and provided no data for this claim.

Another interesting fact: Both George Bush and John Kerry are wealthy men. Bush owns only one home, his ranch in Texas. Kerry owns four mansions, all worth several million dollars. (His ski resort home in Idaho is an old barn brought over from Europe in pieces. Not your average A-frame.) Bush paid $250,000 in taxes this year; Kerry paid $90,000.

Does that sound right? The man who wants to raise your taxes obviously has figured out a way to avoid paying his own.

CODY ELMORE
Boulder
I doubt anyone will listen, Cody, but I'm encouraged by your letter!