Letters to the Editor

A bigger pie

October 21, 2010

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To the editor:

Soon, there is a chance to direct the course of government. Candidates are out in support of this group or cause but give few details on how they would reach their goal. Education funding is a big issue and few don’t support it. But it consumes more than 60 percent of the state budget and around 50 percent of our local one. How are these candidates going to fulfill their promises?

Reality has shown that higher taxes actually reduce the amount of revenue that government agencies receive. Right now, the revenue pie is only so big. Raising one program’s percentage only reduces another’s. Raising taxes for “green space,” historical preservation, schools, and, oh yes, the library is misguided. Taking more money from me will only cause me to reduce spending elsewhere.

How do we remedy this? GET A BIGGER PIE. The way to fund the causes people espouse is to increase revenue by increasing the number of jobs and businesses we have.

I’m say “yes” to candidates with a plan to increase job opportunities and “no” to tax increases and to those who continually turn away opportunities for this community to grow its tax base.

Most importantly, I’m voting. Are you?

Ken Meyer,

Lawrence

Comments

Tom Shewmon 4 years, 7 months ago

Beck has used pies to illustrate his point a few times. As much as it pains me to see perfectly good pecan or cherry pie hacked to pieces by some right-wing nutcase, he makes his point.

May a pie-in-the-sky kind of god, bless.

Good letter.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 7 months ago

"Reality has shown that higher taxes actually reduce the amount of revenue that government agencies receive."

Well, no, it doesn't, but many people certainly think that if it's repeated often enough, it will become reality.

Jimo 4 years, 7 months ago

"Right now, the revenue pie is only so big."

No, we just exempt ever larger amounts of revenue being put into the pie. Factually, the wealthy end up with more after-tax money relative to everyone else than at any time in the last 75 years (that last time the economy collapse because the middle class wasn't getting their share of the nation's production).

Perhaps only Bozo wishes that everyone ended up with the same bank account. But the real question is "how much more" some will have? 5 times? 10 times? 25 times? But what about 2,000 times?

think_about_it 4 years, 7 months ago

"But the real question is "how much more" some will have? 5 times? 10 times? 25 times? But what about 2,000 times?"

How about none of your business. If your piece of the pie is not as large as you would like then do something about it. Class envy is petty.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 7 months ago

"Class envy is petty"

Class warfare is an integral part of capitalism. Or better said, the wealthy winning the class war is integral to capitalism. I'd say that winning the class war so decidedly that the top 1% hoarding so much wealth that the lower 80% (the ones who do the vast majority of actual work) suffer is what's truly petty.

think_about_it 4 years, 7 months ago

At least you admit it. I'm sure your mother is proud.

Jimo 4 years, 7 months ago

My "piece" is quite satisfactory, thank you.. In fact, it is excessive.

However, we are stuck in a economic downturn DIRECTLY related to the fact that the middle class does not get a slice large enough to consume the goods and services this nation can produce. Some Wall Street fatcat who ends up with 2,000 times the take home pay of a typical middle manager does not consume 2,000 times the goods and services that an equivalent 2,000 middle managers do. The result - just like in the 1930s - is subpar economic growth as demand is slack and production is slow. In contrast, America's Golden Age of economic growth occurred simultaneously - and as a CONSEQUENCE of - minimal distortions in economic ratios.

Your implied opinion - that the ratio of wealth is UNRELATED to government policy, that it is the result of some law of nature - is simply false. In fact, it is government policy is a DIRECT contributor to this peculiar change in fortune.

It's a semi-free country. You can do what you will and reap the rewards. But to the extent that reaping hurts others, you're going to be restrained. If you wish to live in some unrestrained state of nature, I suggest a one-way ticket to Somalia. Good luck surviving a week.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 7 months ago

"Perhaps only Bozo wishes that everyone ended up with the same bank account."

I've never advocated for that. Why do suggest that I have?

notajayhawk 4 years, 7 months ago

"that last time the economy collapse because the middle class wasn't getting their share of the nation's production"

What is this "share" you're talking about? Other than a monstrous sense of entitlement, just what gives the middle class, or anyone else, some inherent right anything other than the wage they agreed to work for?

"But the real question is "how much more" some will have? 5 times? 10 times? 25 times? But what about 2,000 times?"

And again, other than that same sense of entitlement, who the heck are you to decide what's "too much"?

jafs 4 years, 7 months ago

Just for fun, I asked my wife, who hires and supervises her department staff, about wages and benefits.

She considers them a package deal in exchange for the employees' labor - she doesn't think of the wages as the fair exchange and the benefits as "handouts".

Jimo 4 years, 7 months ago

Yes, why oh why would the middle class - the vast majority of citizens - possibly be so arrogant to think that the Republic is established for their benefit? Everyone knows that this nation's freedom was founded and protected by the sacrifices of billionaires. ROFL

jayhawk - you say the darnedest things!

Eileen Jones 4 years, 7 months ago

If Brownback becomes governor, public schools will starve, and the gap between the quality of education for the rich and for the poor will be wider than ever.

Vote Tom Holland if you care about the future, about your children and everyone else's, and about America continuing to compete in a global economy.

Brownback is the kiss of death for education in Kansas.

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