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- Man out on bond for alleged molestation of boys charged with abusing girl (4/18/17)
- Pilot House goes smoke-free (4/23/17)10
- New policy for semissourian.com online commentary: No pseudonyms (4/17/17)58
- Without city record, Marie Street residents on hook for thousands in sewer repairs (4/19/17)7
- Going the distance: Several locals participate in Boston Marathon (4/18/17)2
- Event includes the first public tour of 200-year-old Elmwood Manor (4/23/17)2
- Cape councilman Bob Fox to run for mayor (4/21/17)5
- Deputy: Man kicked, broke uncle's ribs after yard-work dispute (4/19/17)
- Scott County: M Kay Supply in Benton fills unique needs in community (4/14/17)
Tax story had misleading data
To the editor:
The Associated Press article on Census Bureau data ("Figures show income gap increasing") does not pass muster as journalism. Propaganda would be a more accurate description. Income figures reported by the Census Bureau are before taxes. Anybody who has ever tried to budget his income knows you have to use take-home pay, not gross income figures.
The lowest 20 percent of U.S. taxpayers have gone from providing over 2 percent of all federal income taxes in 1977 to less than 1 percent in 1999, while the top 20 percent has gone from providing 59 percent in 1977 to 65 percent in 1999. Actual disposable income figures would probably give a very different picture.
This promotion of the idea of two Americas is a disservice to your readers. Like it or not, we are in this together. If the top 5 percent of taxpayers are taxed out of existence or driven out of the country, the rest of us will have to pick up a 50 percent tax increase to make up the difference. Talk about killing the goose that lays the golden eggs.
JOHN FOLWELL, Cape Girardeau