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RICH ARE GETTING RICHER ON BACKS OF THEIR WORKERS

The author of a Sept. 3 letter, "Look at the facts about GOP tax-cut plan" supports relief for the rich, who are "the business builders, job-creators, benefit-payers and taxpayers in our capitalist economy. . . ."

He forgets to mention that these same people shipped tens of thousands of jobs to Third World countries where their $125 sneakers and other expensive products are made by women and young girls in virtual slave-labor conditions. They also lay off thousands of American workers just to improve the bottom line.

These people buy successful companies to break them up and sell off the pieces for quick money. Or they raid workers' pension money to pay for their greed. On occasion, they unilaterally (IBM, for example) restructure pension plans to cut 30-year employees' pensions by almost half.

They set their compensation at hundreds of times that of their workers. In the past few years, they have amassed wealth beyond belief while the real wages of American working people are lower than they were 25 years ago.

Now they buy GOP votes for a giant tax cut aimed mostly at themselves. Is this class warfare, or is it just compassionate conservatism in action?

EDWARD McCAMY

Alfred

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