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Letter: Americans want 'Buffett rule'

Once again, it doesn't matter what the American people want. The self-righteous Republicans in Congress have declared that they know what is best for us ["Congress taxes America's patience," Editorial, April 17].

Sixty percent of Americans in a Gallup poll, and 72 percent in a CNN poll, support the "Buffett rule," which would require anyone earning $1 million a year or more to pay a minimum tax rate of 30 percent, making taxes more fair. Even so, it was filibustered by the Republican senators. And, although the rule had majority support, 51 votes to 45, their filibuster required it to have 60 votes to pass.

Who are they protecting, the American people or rich political donors?

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) has said the additional revenue -- $47 billion over the next 10 years -- "won't create jobs, lower gas prices, or reduce the national debt." Yet, just weeks ago he ranted that funding Planned Parenthood to the amount of $363 million was too substantial an amount to consider. I guess it's OK to protect the rich, but not to protect the health of women.

The American people who vote these people into office expect their senators and representative to actually represent them; we do not realize that their votes have already been compromised.

Nobody should be so indebted to a particular ideology or to their campaign contributors. It is an absolute disgrace that there is no integrity and there's such blatant hypocrisy on the part of so many politicians.

Joan Fanelli, Hauppauge


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