Letters to the editor

What is justice?

To the Journal editor:

House Republicans have passed a tax plan. Will it promote justice for millionaires and wealthy corporations, or will it progress justice for all?

To answer our question, We the People will present key facts, state a basic assumption and ask a question about the assumption, and define, justify, and apply justice.

Key facts leading to our conclusion include 1. reducing the tax rate for wealthy corporations from 35 percent to 20 percent, 2. giving two-thirds of the tax cuts to corporations, 3. repealing inheritance taxes for millionaires, and 4. increasing our national debt by $1.7 trillion over 10 years.

The House Republican plan assumes tax reform will stimulate great economic growth. Where is research, not Republican ideology, justifying this assumption?

Our nonpartisan Congressional Research Service states research does not suggest a strong relationship between tax reform and economic growth, and does suggest economic growth results from many interdependent factors.

Is the House Republican tax plan just?

What is justice?

Justice is revealed in our history when we progressed from justice for few to justice for all.

In our Founding our minimalist government promoted justice for few wealthy white males.

In our history we progressed through our many rights movements when our activist government progressed justice for all.

Based on justice for all, the House Republican tax plan is unjust because it chiefly benefits millionaires and wealthy corporations, and it has no similar benefits for workers, retired workers, and small business owners.

Based on justice for all, We the People propose a plan emphasizing interdependent economic, educational, and health care rights:

1. Raising our progressive income tax rate on millionaires from 39 percent to 70 percent (our 1970s rate) and eliminating deductions that chiefly benefit millionaires to raise revenue to progress all rights for all.

2. Requiring equal pay for equal work to progress just incomes for all.

3. Raising our national minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 for all to progress just incomes for all.

4. Developing our infrastructure (including rebuilding highways) to create high-paying jobs and also to create economic development for all to progress just incomes for all.

5. Providing free education and training for all to progress knowledge and skills for all to successfully perform jobs.

6. Providing free health care for all to progress health for all to successfully perform jobs.

Justice for all!

Gordon Peterson


Editor’s note: This letter writer should not be confused with Gordon J. Peterson, a retired funeral director who worked many years for Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home in Marquette.