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estate tax - Ilya Shlyakhter (notestaff) - letters to editors
August 18th, 2005
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Paying your share

Re: "The estate tax is unjust and hurts the economy," letter, Aug. 5:

The letter calls the estate tax "fundamentally unfair." What's fundamentally unfair is to saddle future generations with debt. Budget deficits are thus very relevant to the question of the estate tax. You must treat your country's debt as your own; how else can you call yourself a citizen? If you don't pay off your share of the national debt during your life, it's only fair that you should pay it when you die.

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