Letter to the Editor

More efficiency in government is best stimulus

Thursday, January 30, 2003

To the editor:

I am having a problem understanding the practice of stimulating the economy by income-tax reduction. I can understand that we pay too much tax, but we are operating on a deficit economy. That means money not collected through taxes ends up as an increase in the national deficit. Since the wealthy pay most of the taxes, dollarwise the wealthy end up with the major part of the reduction. Now the investment pool (government bonds) increases by the amount of reduction in taxes plus interest. This, I feel, negates any expected stimulus.

Bottom line: It appears to me that we are swapping interest-bearing government bonds as a refund for taxes. I think the only thing that can stimulate the economy is to improve efficiency in government and industry so that more money is available for expansion.

VICTOR BRANT

Cape Girardeau