To the Journal editor:
As part of our celebration of Labor Day that honors the contributions of workers and the value of individual hard work, initiative and responsibility, we the people, ask this question: Are there just tax policies to help all workers have a just income?
To answer this question, we begin with this factual question: What is our present income distribution?
According to the 2012 Statistical Abstract of the United States prepared by our U.S. Census Bureau, the highest fifth receive 50 percent of the income, the next highest fifth receive 23 percent, and the lowest three fifths receive 27 percent.
Is this a just income distribution?
To answer this question, we state, justify, and apply our basic right.
What is our basic right? Is it justice for all, justice for self, or justice for the few wealthy?
Aspects of our basic right are revealed in our many public policy statements, including those related to our Revolution, New Deal, civil rights movement, feminist movements and environmental movements.
Our clearest statement of our basic right is in our declaration passed by our Congress, signed by our president, and accepted by our U.S. Supreme Court. Our Pledge of Allegiance declares our basic right is "justice for all."
These reveal our progression of justice for the few wealthy white males, to justice for all: all workers and their families, all retired and their spouses, all persons in all races, all persons in both sexes, and all species in all environments.
Applying our basic right of justice for all, now is the time for We the People to raise income, estate, and wealth taxes for millionaires and billionaires to give subsidies so no one is in the lowest three fifths, thereby promoting our basic right of justice for all.
Justice for all.
Gordon C. Peterson
Editor's Note: Gordon C. Peterson is not to be confused with Marquette resident Gordon J. "Gordy" Peterson of the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home.