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Letters to the Editor

Democrats’ turn

May 4, 2008

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To the editor:

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. The Republicans have the temerity to blame Democrats for raising taxes. These Republicans have run up a deficit of immense proportion. They have run a major conflict off budget. They implemented a massive tax cut to facilitate a vibrant economy - one now beginning to melt down. In all, a party that has created an environment where the wealthy have prospered while the rest of us do well to keep up with inflation.

The only meaningful reduction in spending proposed by the Republicans on their watch was the notion of privatizing Social Security - a program that underwrites the poorest of the elderly and one in which all recipients are vested. Legislated changes in spending where winners and losers would be apparent were sparse. How do you cut taxes without pain? There is just not that much waste.

Could the Democrats do worse? The proposed "Democratic" budget reverses those cuts. It does not raise taxes. What will certainly lead to tax increases in the future is the failure of Republicans to have reduced spending when they had total control of the federal government. Now in typical Washington fashion, they blame the Democrats for their failures.

George E. Lippencott
Lawrence

Comments

scott3460 6 years, 7 months ago

"To reverse a tax cut is to raise taxes. To let a tax cut expire is to raise taxes. Don't be fooled."You bush-apologists would be more believable if you did not lie so much. Don't be fooled, indeed.

SettingTheRecordStraight 6 years, 7 months ago

To reverse a tax cut is to raise taxes. To let a tax cut expire is to raise taxes. Don't be fooled.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 years, 7 months ago

So, it took 10 years for gas prices to go up? Did you hurt yourself bending over that far to blame Clinton again?

Mkh 6 years, 7 months ago

"How do you cut taxes without pain? There is just not that much waste."----------------------------------------------Wanna bet?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 years, 7 months ago

FindingUranusSo invading a country that had nothing to do with 9/11 and running us into major debt is something good? If you want this war then pay for it in taxes. In fact, the people making the most money from this war should pay even more. I'd bet we'd turn a lot of Bush supporters into peaceniks, if they had to actually help back this war with their wallet, instead of their mouths. If you truly believe that Bush's war is right, then open up that account and pay for it. Don't leave it to your grandchildren. My parents didn't make me pay for World War II. Also, join the military. Don't just stick a yellow ribbon and wear a flag pin on your lapel. That is the most shallow form of patriotism.

repaste 6 years, 7 months ago

2 out 3 dollars you give your gov. straight record go to interest on our debt. That $600. (unless you earn $200,000) aint a tax cut - it is a sham. Good luck.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 7 months ago

and, I see a sophisticated form of the chickenhawk label has been put in this thread.again, as cited before, some of our best wartime presidents had no experience in uniform, or had no wartime experience. lincoln comes to mind among about ten or twelve others.and, I suppose this lte writer would endorse barry h. o'bama, who actually wants to raise taxes as we are close to recession! that proves his complete callowness and ignorance of economic laws. this entire lte is just a screed, devoid of real substance and the facts overlooked by it are legion; as noted above, the dems want to reverse tax cuts...they say on the rich...but actually falling on small business. small businesses employ more people than any other sector in u.s. they've tried to hush it up, but in the house right now is a proposal to raise* gas taxes by 50-cents, in order to force conservation of gas! these are the same nutbags who are nimby's and greeniewheenies opposing our drilling for our own oil. meanwhile the chinese are drilling 90 miles off our coast in cuban waters. ten years ago bill clinton vetoed drilling in ANWR, passed by house and senate. if he had not, today there would be much more oil/gas online and lowering the prices because supplies would be larger. and the claim that anwr would only lower prices by one penny-completely fake report by biased writers. don't take the lies included in this lte. also, we're paying more for many foods because of ethanol.

VTHawk 6 years, 7 months ago

Interest on the debt: 8.4%Social Security: 20.2%Medicare: 13.6%Medicade: 9.5%(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_S...)

SettingTheRecordStraight 6 years, 7 months ago

paste,Actually, 2/3 of our federal tax dollars go to interest on the debt, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

staff04 6 years, 7 months ago

"ten years ago bill clinton vetoed drilling in ANWR"This argument is getting really tired...when are you going to give it up?According to the Republican Administration's Department of Energy, drilling in ANWR would save 1 cent per gallon...by 2025. Do you REALLY think it is that important that we drill there?http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/servicerpt/hr/hrprovisions.html

ralphralph 6 years, 7 months ago

I love each of you.Individually and collectively.Including Republicans and Democrats.All of whom, when in power, are corrupt and inept.It's just a question of who gets the goodies.Still, I love them.And I love you.

staff04 6 years, 7 months ago

BH99, do we really have to go through this again?Bills passed? I'm not saying that there haven't been mistakes, but every meaningful change that the Democratically led House and Senate have attempted has been vetoed by the Rpublican Administration.Not to mention that every major agency who would be responsible for implementing change are headed and largely staffed by Republican appointees.I realize that in your simple world the answers are all easy, but in the real world that the rest of us operate in, there are other factors that cannot be ignored just for the sake of making your argument convenient.

Corey Williams 6 years, 7 months ago

"To reverse a tax cut is to raise taxes. To let a tax cut expire is to raise taxes. Don't be fooled."Apparently, you were. When taxes resume the levels they were at before a tax "cut", that isn't raising taxes. Just like if you home is now worth less than it was last year, but more than it was two or three years ago, that is not depreciation,"they've tried to hush it up, but in the house right now is a proposal to raise gas taxes by 50-cents, in order to force conservation of gas!"Oh no! And do you know what this will be used for? To repair or improve highways, bridges and things that people drive on every day. Or would you rather have the gas tax "vacation" that McCain wants? Where will the country get money to use for for road improvement?"If it's bad, blame the republicans, if it's good, we did it:. Does that sum it up?"Saying that statement doesn't make you unreasonable, bowhunter. But your argument becomes worthless when you don't realize that you can take out the word "republicans", replace it with "democrats" and you would fulfill the other half of being right. Stop being the rightwing cheerleader and realize that blame can be easily spread on both sides of the aisle.

staff04 6 years, 7 months ago

So, you're saying that the United States Department of Energy, headed by Bush (oil man, mind you) appointees, are lying? That their geologists are just wrong?I don't think it depends on who you talk to.You can try to change the frame of this discussion by talking about how many billion barrels might be in ANWR, but it doesn't change the fact that the net value of drilling there is 1 cent per gallon, and not until 2025.Also, we weren't talking about the pipeline and I in no way suggested that it was wrong for Alaska or America. Different animal.If you have any estimates from those geological experts you mentioned, I would read them, even though I doubt you read the DOE document that I linked to...

JHOK32 6 years, 7 months ago

Way to go Dorothy! You are right on track! The only people who have profited from this war are the big oil companies & the "defense" industry to the tune of Trillions of dollars. There's been so much waste (millions of dollars to Halliburton alone) that the feds can't even figure out where all the millions have gone! Meanwhile our kids are dying or being maimed for life (JW article of soldier with 3 limbs blown off), all while Bush calls himself a "Christian." He makes me sick to my stomach!

staff04 6 years, 7 months ago

BH99-Did you read the post? I'm pretty sure I explicitly said, and I shall quote myself since it appears that you either did or simply could not read it:"I'm not saying that there haven't been mistakes"I'd have to say that is a pretty clear admission of responsibility.So when are you going to abandon the neocon mantra of denying all responsibility and accept that GWB and his administration have had a significant role in the failures of this Congress?What else do you have?

staff04 6 years, 7 months ago

"8 years?"Why isn't "never" an option? It works for this White House...

jafs 6 years, 7 months ago

I would rather use a bit less energy, and preserve some of the beautiful natural spaces left in our country.If we all reduced our use and were more mindful, I think we could come up with alternative energy sources and use our technology to help clean up our mess before everything runs out.The point of not drilling in ANWAR is that it would destroy too much natural beauty for the small increase in oil/gas it would provide.The current administration's spending will have to be paid for somehow, even if we were to immediately stop all of it now. Where will the money come from?

staff04 6 years, 7 months ago

"supposedly miniscule"Do you have anything to dispute the Republican Administration's Department of Energy report that I provided a link to, lucky_man?Or is this just more unsubstantiated opinion from you?I suspect the latter, but would love to hear if you have some evidence that the "supposedly minscule contribution of ANWR" is anything other than miniscule.

George Lippencott 6 years, 7 months ago

Interest on the debt: 8.4%, Social Security: 20.2%, Medicare: 13.6%, Medicaid: 9.5%If the above is what a number of you call waste we have an interesting dilemma. My generation has paid into social security an amount determined to pay for those ahead of us and for ourselves in the trust fund. What trust fund you ask? The one we have spent on among other things paying for the conflict in Iraq. The young get to fight and the old get to pay for that fight. The rest of us well just what is our roll?I wonder if we have a common definition for waste. Even the "bridge to nowhere" serves somebody. I am sure all the "ear marks" have a similar constituency. Once we start funding the common good, we open the door to endless largess because the common good has come to mean some small number of us to whom some elite believes the rest of us should contribute.

Poon 6 years, 7 months ago

"These Republicans have run up a deficit of immense proportion....The only meaningful reduction in spending proposed by the Republicans on their watch was the notion of privatizing Social Security [.]""How do you cut taxes without pain? There is just not that much waste."These two statements appear to be contradictory. If the Republicans have been heavy spenders (and yes they have), then how can you argue that there is not much waste that can be cut.

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