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Lutton's Fuzzy Math 

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I am sorry to hear that Ms. Lutton ["Congratulations! You Lose!" August 17] will not be receiving a tax rebate. From CNN's Web site, at www.cnn.com/2001/ALLPOLITICS/06/07/tax.primer: "Those who had absolutely no tax liability (their tax bill was 0, or they got a rebate from the government) will not get a rebate check. In order to get the full amount of the rebate, a single taxpayer must have had at least $6,000 in taxable income for 2000. A married couple filing jointly must have had at least $12,000 in taxable income for 2000 in order to get the full amount."

Therefore, Ms. Lutton can take some solace in the fact that she paid no income tax for the year 2000 in the first place, something she understated in her inflammatory, misleading, and overtly biased article.

How ironic that Ms. Lutton should continuously refer to a work called Fuzzy Math. In her world, nearly two-thirds of American families should live off the labor and income from the other third. In a society where more and more people are looking for a free handout, it becomes increasingly difficult and pointless to succeed through honest, hard work.

The Clinton years brought the largest tax increases since World War II to American taxpayers. By the end of Mr. Clinton's second term, the government was confiscating a larger percentage of Americans' income than at any other time in the past 50 years, with the possible exception of the last Carter budget, depending on how you do the math. It's about time for a reversal in this destructive trend.

As for the rest of us who work five months each year just to pay taxes, I, for one, welcome my tax-rebate check and look forward to future tax relief that congressional Republicans will try to enact on my behalf. And yes, I will be keeping my voter registration card handy.

Robert Kaufman

Des Plaines

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