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The Many Names of the Entitlement State
In “Cut the Payroll Tax” (October 16), James C. Capretta asserts: “Cutting it would encourage more people to join the labor force; it would also motivate those who are already working to increase the number of hours they work.” Really? In all my years in and out of the workplace I never once considered taking or leaving a job or modifying my hours because of the payroll tax. Other than economists, politicians, journalists, and business owners, does anyone? Are most workers even aware of the payroll tax? Considering how many hours American laborers work, do we really need to be encouraged to work more? Mr. Capretta’s claims regarding the payroll tax strike me as the sort only someone who is remote from the workplace would make.

Karen Amrhein
Baltimore, Md.

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