Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
Voice of the Reader: Taxes, for suckers and losers

Voice of the Reader: Taxes, for suckers and losers

  • 12

To the Editor:

If President Trump, who in 2015 claimed to be worth over $10 billion, could pay no federal income tax for many years, and only $750 per year for 2016 and 2017, typical taxpayers should rightfully feel like "suckers" and "losers." Those are terms that Trump reportedly used for Americans who died in war, as he apparently couldn't understand what was in it for them. Does anyone seriously believe that he has a higher regard for Americans who dutifully pay taxes?

So, with Trump as our leader, here's a proposal: Change our federal income tax system to allow taxpayers to simply elect to pay $750 a year. Call it the Trump alternative tax. Note that, relative to income, almost all taxpayers would still be paying more than Trump himself.

Of course, this is preposterous. The government would quickly go broke. But it's not much more preposterous than Trump calling the New York Times report on his taxes "totally fake," while refusing to disclose his tax returns, saying they're under audit. He could lawfully have disclosed those returns any time. The fact that he hasn't speaks volumes.

Most Trump supporters are paying taxes at a much higher tax rate than Trump himself. Should they seriously believe that Trump doesn't privately regard them as suckers and losers?

David J. Roberts

Associate Professor Emeritus of Accountancy

DePaul University



Catch the latest in Opinion

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

  • Updated

Letter to the Editor: Suck it up, this is also a war, follow the guidelines science has recommended. Hang in so fewer deaths will occur until that vaccine is ready. Many are helping, volunteering so victory will be ours again.

  • Updated

Letter to the Editor: I have heard news reporters stating this is "the closest presidential election in history." I believe these reporters are intelligent, well-educated individuals, but they are a little lacking in their knowledge of U.S. history.

  • Updated

Letter to the editor: Sixty-eight percent of Williamson County voters, 73% of Franklin County voters and 56% of Jackson County voters voted against the amendment that would have raised taxes on only those who earn more than $250,000 per year.

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.


News Alerts

Breaking News