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Dick Palmer: Gore attacking wrong people

Vice President Al Gore is getting away with a tax rebate deception that will actually hurt the very people he says he is dedicated to protect. The problem is, too many Americans aren't closely listening to his double-talk and are hell bent on bla...

Vice President Al Gore is getting away with a tax rebate deception that will actually hurt the very people he says he is dedicated to protect. The problem is, too many Americans aren't closely listening to his double-talk and are hell bent on blaming the rich in this country for all the problems that are facing the majority of citizens. Nothing, absolutely nothing, can be further from the truth.
The presidential campaign is currently swinging toward a Democratic charade suggesting that Republican George Bush's tax cut effort will really benefit only the rich at the expense of the poor and senior citizens of this country. He wants to deny proportionate tax refunds and wants to take surplus tax receipts and spend them on programs managed by the federal government.
What Al Gore is really about is the nationalization of the American economy. He says he is trying to untie himself from President Bill Clinton's apron strings, but he cannot escape the web. Gore is a continuation of the Clinton administration's duping of America.
Please consider the following in the quest to elect a president who really wants to move America along without an overzealous federal government leaning over our shoulders. First, take Social Security. Consider for a moment the hundreds of thousands of citizens who have paid into Social Security for 30, 40 and yes 50 years and then die before receiving any of the benefits of this accrued retirement nest egg. What happens to that money?
The federal government gets it all as a gift. Remember that the federal government generated none of the Social Security contributions. Your Social Security account was generated exclusively from the earnings of workers and an equal contribution from their employers. Why should the government assume your money without recourse? Ask Gore to answer that question honestly.
Maybe allowing taxpayers to direct some of that retirement effort into private savings programs would really make some sense. It's the people's money, not the government's, and earnings and benefits after death would be diverted to family or dedicated bequeaths. What has Al got to say about that? And then, under the Bush tax plan, 6 million people who are currently paying income taxes would become exempt. Wouldn't that, in itself, be healthy for the country? What do you say, Mr. Gore?
Al Gore is attacking the wrong people, the working class, and the dedicated family people who are seeking self-improvement and opportunities for their children. He is attacking you and me. Why don't we start asking questions and demand honest answers? By the way, who is Al Gore? His image changes daily.
Dick Palmer is the former editor and publisher of the Budgeteer News. He may be reached by telephone at 729-6470 or by e-mail at RPalmer341@aol.com

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