Feminism not narrowly defined
I would like to help a writer (letter, Dec. 8) with his logic problem. It seems he thinks feminists are all lesbians and that they are female. I'll give you a definition from Merriam-Webster: feminism is "the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes." A feminist is someone who believes in this theory. They may be telling you to "stay out of our bedrooms" because they don't want you in there, and the contraceptive part is they are telling you they don't want to have babies. Any questions?
Spend less, tax less is the answer
It's long been the Democratic song "the rich can afford to pay more taxes and therefore should." I am not one of the wealthy. Raising the tax rate on "those who can afford it" will never lower the national debt as long as Congress continues to spend money faster than all previous administrations combined.
Democrats never believe the solution is just spending less. Raising the tax rate will only result in increased spending. Who will you raise taxes on after taxing the rich doesn't work? Few options there. Having the intelligence and desire to get ahead in life is not a crime and should not be penalized. Can you name a millionaire not in Congress who contributed to raising the national debt? Expecting the wealthy to pay debts they didn't create is unfair and won't solve the problem Congress adds to every day. The wealthy are experts at passing those taxes on to the middle and lower classes. The government cannot place a burden on the wealthy the rest of us will not pay. Robin Hood politics won't work. Stop uncontrolled spending and solve the problem.
MICHAEL K. GOULD
Move savings out of the dollar
What is happening in Washington concerning the so-called "fiscal cliff" is a farce. The problem is not about Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid or taxes on the super rich. If we did not have the monetary system of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, we could get by without the income tax. The income tax was the brainchild of J.P. Morgan in 1910 to pay the debt on debt money creation by the banks. This is a very complex system that was made complex by the developers so that the people would not know what is going on with their money. This also includes a lot of the people in Washington trying to sort this whole mess out.
In 200 words nobody can describe what the problems are with our monetary system. To educate yourself and protect what you have accumulated, go to www.monetary.org to get started. It is too late to change the system before it collapses, but if you have savings you should get out of the dollar!
WILLIAM B. BETTS