Representative Doolittle’s opinion piece on the Estate Tax (“It’s time to bury the death tax” Sierra Sun June 12) is particularly amazing in light of the administration’s spending flurry that includes $9 billion a month on war.
Doolittle refers to Benjamin Franklin’s maxim about death and taxes, but a more appropriate quote of Franklin’s would be, “Half the truth is often a great lie.”
The Representative implies that everyone pays this tax and that small farmers and businesses are always affected. In truth it affects less than 1 percent of estates, about 6,300 yearly. And, according to the Congressional Budget Office, it has a very little effect on family farms or business, only about 250 annually.
What the defeat of the tax represents is primarily the Republicans help the rich campaign and the hypocrisy of the party’s fiscal policies.
Mary Hart Thompson