South Whidbey Record


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | More power to the states

December 3, 2012 · Updated 8:34 AM

To the editor:

I was disappointed to read that Mr. Bruner (Sept. 29 issue) believes that the founders did a “lousy” job with the United States Constitution. It may not be perfect, but it is a remarkable, historic and amazingly well thought out document. It has stated the principles that have led this country to be the leader of the free world: a “shining light.” There are 27 amendments that have been approved so there are continuing efforts to “fix” it.

That this country is a “collection of independent states” is one of its strengths. The “full faith and credit” article of the Constitution recognizes that there will be differences of opinion in different states.

More power to the states, I say.

To centralize the only taxing of incomes in Washington, D.C. seems to me a terrible idea. It is a particularly odd idea coming from someone living in Washington state that has no state income tax. I think we should give less power to Washington, D.C and more to the states. There is nothing in the Constitution that says Congress alone “has the power to lay and collect taxes.” As in immigrant who loves this country, I believe that people in the regions know more about what is needed in their region than our leaders in Washington, D.C. They should stick to national issues, such as defense.

Also, as far as I know, seniors who are restricted to living only on Social Security already pay no federal or state income tax.

Thomas D. Smith

Oak Harbor

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