Sandy from Salt Lake City, UT

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200 characters: "Why should somebody who makes millions pay [proportionately] less taxes than myself who makes $17,000 a year?"

I was employed, I loved my work, I did 110%, I was very loyal. I didn’t work for an hourly wage—here in Utah it’s low—but I had fantastic benefits, and that’s what I was interested in. I’m more futuristic than a here and now person. And a year after I retired, boom, half of my retirement benefits went down the drain. And yet the CEOs, CFOs, and directors all had enormous bonuses and set-in-cement retirements, and it broke the company. So they took it out on—they can’t pay this benefit because of that—and I believed them when they said “you’re getting $7 an hour in benefits” but then they take it away. For instance I paid to have 3 years salary for my death benefit. Well, guess what, now it’s $10,000 and here I am a senior citizen, how in the world can I ever buy life insurance at this age, and they just took it away, they didn’t even compensate you for it. The laws that allow them to do it stink!

...I am nowhere near wealthy. If I made $100 less, I could go on every [government] program there is. But they tax you when you make money, they tax you when you save money, they tax you when you spend money, they tax you when you give it away. Unless you’ve got the money to go to the Cayman Islands, to China, to Japan—then when you bring it back into the states, you’re not taxed. I don’t like that. I like helping people, but I believe in helping your own before you help someone else. When you ride an airplane, they say if you need to put your oxygen on, first put it on you, then on your child. And that’s the way I feel this should work.

Why should somebody who makes millions pay [proportionately] less taxes than myself who makes $17,000 a year? It’s an exaggeration, but. They had no business being able to make that money to begin with off the backs of the workers that made their companies strong…

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