No Taxes, No Tomorrow

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Robert J. Samuelson [op-ed, Jan. 9] stated that a Congressional Budget Office report projects that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid could easily grow to 70 percent of the federal budget by 2030 and that "the only way to preserve most other government programs would be huge tax increases (about 40 percent from today's levels)."

According to my amateur calculations, that would take us to a tax level about equal to Germany's, and, from what I hear, people there don't worry about health care or having a decent life in old age.

The fact is that we live in a country with low taxes, and politicians should let it be known that if we want to keep it this way, we will have to forget about our children's future.

MICHAEL BROWN

Columbia


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