Institute higher taxes for all

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The votes are in and it is time to raise taxes on all Americans. President (Barack) Obama claims 80 percent of the public supports Democrats’ demand for tax increases. “The American people are sold,” he said. “The problem is members of Congress are dug in ideologically.” Obama said 80 percent of Americans are on his side in the debate over what to include in the debt package. Voters are paying attention to “who seems to be trying to get something done,” the president said. “I hope (Republicans are) not just listening to lobbyists and special interests ... I hope they’re listening to the American people as well,” Obama said, citing “poll after poll” showing Republican voters, as well as Democrats, believe in taking “a balanced approach” — including both increased revenues and spending cuts in a plan to cut the deficit. Well, if that is the case that 80 percent say more taxes but 47 percent pay no income tax then I suggest for all to share in the sacrifice. We increase the gasoline tax and institute a national sales tax, then everyone pays their fair share! John T. Nightingale, Auburn