LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Don't blame smokers for revenue shortfall

Monday, February 6, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CST; updated 2:54 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 8, 2012

First let me say, I’m not a slick-talking politician or high-powered lobbyist.

I'm just a citizen who believes everyone should be treated fairly.

I'm so glad some of our state legislators have found who was responsible for the country's financial collapse and Missouri's revenue shortfall.

It's the "smokers" who took out loans they couldn't pay and "smokers” that gave out loans they knew customers couldn't pay.

This is like blaming the vet or farrier when someone steals my horse. We need someone to look for the horse thief.

Our leaders are not problem solving, but rather looking for those with no voice and little power to pay for others wrong doing.

A few questions to ask yourself:

Are there any news organizations that remember the Watergate quote, "Follow the money?"

Who profited from the financial collapse? Have lobbyist and special interest groups taken over our country? Can we find any honest citizens to run for office? Has our country come to the point that no one knows right from wrong?

Here is a hint where to start if you would like answers to the questions above.

You can Google "Phil Gramm" or go to this Time Magazine Special.

Let us not forget our country was founded with a tax revolution.

And, yes I’m a smoker, but I didn’t take out a loan I couldn’t pay and didn't reap large financial gains from giving those loans.

I will pay the tax, but that doesn’t solve the problem. It only kicks it down the road.

Les Sapp is a Columbia resident.

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