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Viewpoint - December 15, 2010

Letter: Not a fan of Eshoo's stand on taxes

I would hope that Rep. Anna Eshoo realizes that the top money-makers in this country provide not only jobs but extend their finances to charities that otherwise would be defunct, whether its arts, animals, medicine, schools and many others.

So I want them to keep their earned money. I think her distaste is very misplaced. Unlike Ms. Eshoo, I am happy about the tax cuts and for those who want to give more in that bracket, let them write a check (which I have yet to hear about).

As far as unemployment, has she not seen the scams or heard the statistics of what happens after two years of being on benefits? Not only do your job skills tend to atrophy but John Stossel has produced a segment showing how a woman used the system to her advantage so she didn't have to find a job. I myself went to OICW and met a woman on welfare who had a four-bedroom house, television in every room, Xbox and a gun.

While we struggled with three boys in one room of our two-bedroom home, my husband worked hard to afford this while I tried to stay home and wasn't always able to do so, especially when one child needed a private school and we didn't qualify for a loan.

The system is broken and needs to be fixed. There needs to be bipartisanship and I do not see her advocating that, which is why she does not have my vote.

Her attitudes are not helping Menlo Park. Take a look at our downtown. It is dying and we need capitalism to thrive and give it a life. I am ashamed of you, Ms. Eshoo, and you probably won't see this, but I sure wish the Almanac would be fair and balanced.

Mara Brill, Menlo Park

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