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Survey displays what’s wrong

  • Published Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at 12 a.m.

I recently received a letter from the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. It requested that I answer and return a 10-question “Tax Increase Impact Survey.” The instructions asked that I be “completely candid and honest” with my answers.

The special message from former Sen. Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation, and questions one through nine of the survey all had one thing in common: the bashing of liberals and the president of the United States. The term “liberal” was used 11 times, and Obama was mentioned eight times.

This survey stated that the Heritage Foundation would “provide unbiased analysis” to elected officials and news media about the real impact of tax cuts and increases on real Americans. Last but not least, it requested that I send money – it’s tax-deductible and will help the Heritage Foundation get the truth out on “Obama and the liberals in Washington.”

This survey was submitted as nonpartisan and unbiased truth and implied that those who agree are real Americans. My candid and honest response to this is:

I am a real American, a 72-year-old white male who was born to American citizens on American soil and has a valid birth certificate. I’ve resided in these United States of America all my life. I have been elected to a local school board and proudly served. I’ve paid federal taxes, Social Security taxes, state taxes, county taxes and city taxes all my life.

I vote and support the political process, a process that has resulted in some candidates I have and have not voted for being in office. I don’t agree with all of them all the time, but I do respect them. They are our elected officials – not all Democrats, Republicans, independents, liberals, conservatives or moderates.

This survey displays, in this old man’s opinion, what’s wrong with our political system.

I will not be filling it out and returning it. And I will not be sending a check to support this cause.

JIM BARR

Wichita

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