Of profits and amendments

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I have some questions for the leftists whose proclamations I find disturbing. Our Constitution mandates “equal protection under the law.” Yet the “rich” are continually called upon to “pay their fair share.” The top 10 percent of earners pay 90 percent of all income taxes, and the bottom 50 percent pay zero. We do, in fact, have a progressive, punitive, income tax system. Question one: Please! What is the “fair share” for both groups? Oil companies are continually demonized for being greedy and making “obscene profits.” Of the top five American oil companies in 2010, the top two made about 6.5 percent profit on gross sales. Two others, 3 to 3.5 percent. The fifth company lost money. The United States Government and the State of California make more profit per gallon than the oil companies that provide our fuel. Many businesses, including banks, newspapers, Internet service providers, etc. make a higher percentage of profit. Question two: Why are oil companies singled out as greedy when their profit “margins” are so low compared to risk? The First Amendment to our Constitution guarantees freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Nowhere in the Constitution is “separation of church and state.” That phrase came from a private letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to a Baptist church congregation. For more than 200 years, the First Amendment was referred to as the “Establishment” clause. It is only recently that it was changed to the “separation” clause. Question three: Where does anyone get the authority to censor religious practice or religious speech in any circumstance or environment? It contradicts our First Amendment rights. Before anyone responds, please take the time to investigate the truth of what I have written. Willard F. Schmehl, Cool