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Letters to the editor
Thursday, May. 26, 2011 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

Mr. Dagnon’s letter titled “America society has been redistributing wealth from the poor to the rich” (Catholic Herald, April 28) does not make any sense. The title debases his arguments and exposes him as a left wing ideologue. Poor people have no wealth to distribute — that is why they are called poor.

The only means the government has to generate funds to redistribute to the poor is through taxation and he fails to mention that the majority of taxes paid in this country are paid by the wealthy. In fact 51 percent of the U.S. population pays no federal taxes at all.

His next comment reveals what his true motives are when he makes the comment in regards to Governor Walker’s stance on public unions. He uses the term God-given rights in regards to public unions and goes on to blast Walker even further . . . His letter is obviously a platform to attack the governor and the wealthy. I think Mr. Dagnon is not that concerned with the poor at all.

It is clear the Church feels that moral governments have an obligation to care for the poor. The U.S. takes good care of its less fortunate citizens and poor people around the world. Or should I say the highest taxed group does.

What I give to the poor is between me and God. I do not need or want Mr. Dagnon or the government to tell me what to give. The Treasury Department has a fund for gift contributions, but when people talk about wealth redistributions, they are referring to other people’s wealth, not their own.

Patsy Kozlowski, Dellona