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So fairness means unequal prices?

October 25, 2009

Re: Michael Hiltzik's column "Are rich paying their fair share?" Oct. 12:

The column, about how California's affluent pay a smaller percentage of their income in taxes while reaping greater benefits from state government, was compelling reading.

But his numbers don't add up when you realize that he was talking about one taxpayer versus one taxpayer. For the same goods and services, the wealthier taxpayer forks out multiple times the money for the same benefits in real dollars.

Using Hiltzik's logic and math, he and his fellow upper-middle-class (and above) earners should have to pay two or three times as much for a new GM vehicle than lower-middle-class earners like me would pay for that same car.

Wait, don't "we" own GM right now? Maybe the president can make this happen. It would be fair. Wouldn't it?

Jim Matthews

San Bernardino

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