Letter: Justice denied in U.S. tax system

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Our Constitution states "We the People of the United States, to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice …" Yes, to "establish Justice" is stated in our Constitution. Where is "justice" in a tax code that allows millionaires and corporations to pay a smaller percentage of federal income taxes than our working citizens?

Where is justice when some corporations pay no federal taxes and yet they receive huge refunds. How is that possible? Corporations are paying the smallest percentage of their income in federal taxes in decades, about 14 percent, because of loopholes and tax exemptions. Average citizens are burdened with taxes of 20 to 23 percent of their income. Where is "justice" when Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, swears an oath to a millionaire Grover Norquist to "never to raise taxes," which includes closing tax loopholes on the mega-wealthy corporations and Americans?

Herrera Beutler swore an oath as the people's representative from Southwest Washington, to establish "Justice." That includes tax "justice" for the average American. Which oath does she honor?

Celia Louderback

Vancouver