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Letters to the Editor

A suggestion

November 14, 2011

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To the editor:

Since virtually all Republicans on the federal and state levels have pledged to not vote for any bill unless it contains an equal amount of budget cuts to pay for it, I have a suggestion that should be equally appealing to them. How about pledging to not vote for any bill that cuts federal or state jobs like the post office bill, like school budget reductions, or the elimination of departments or offices unless they can include a guarantee of an equal number of private sector jobs to balance the firing?

It seems that the economy is growing, albeit slowly and taxes are increasing slowly, but no amount of private sector jobs, primarily from small to mid-sized companies that are actually hiring, can compensate for the reductions in federal and state employees. How about it, all of you fiscally conservative Republicans who call every bill that Democrats suggest or passed from 2008-2010 “job- killing”?

Comments

Richard Heckler 2 years, 5 months ago

In 290+ Days The House GOP Has Voted To Kill 1.9 Million Jobs And Created 0

http://www.politicususa.com/en/in-200-days-the-house-gop-has-voted-to-kill-1-9-million-jobs-and-created-0

Sam Brownback has eliminated a few hundred.

No one ever explains how putting people out of work and keeping them unemployed stimulates the economy. Common sense should take precedent.

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 5 months ago

Thought this was interesting, and from one of the most conservative senators around.

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/193365-coburn-targets-billions-in-tax-breaks-reaped-by-millionaires "Coburn’s report found that from 2006 to 2009, millionaires claimed $27.7 billion in mortgage interest tax deductions, $64.3 billion in rental expense deductions and $21 billion in deductions for gambling losses. During that time, millionaires also deducted $607.7 million for business entertainment expenses, according to Coburn." === The gambling losses bit was particularly precious. He also noted "His staff found that millionaires received $74 million worth of unemployment checks from 2005 to 2009; "

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 5 months ago

That's a fine suggestion Mr. Altman but American is too lazy to follow through with it. There are too many faults that have created the current employment problems. Tsunamis, Republicans, Arab Springs, Republicans, Bitter clingers, Tea partiers, Republicans, Bush and now laziness. Obama knows that America is lazy. So your suggestion just isn't possible.

I'm impressed that you found the energy to fight the laziness to wright your letter.

Whew...I'm beat.

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voevoda 2 years, 5 months ago

Thank you, Mr. Altman, for giving us a new angle on the employment issue. While private sector employment may be superior in terms of producing wealth, government employment may be superior in terms of benefiting the American people in general. That's because money paid to government employees mostly goes directly back into the US economy, while the employees themselves are working on bettering our country. That may be true of some private-sector jobs, but it is far from uniformly the case.

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verity 2 years, 5 months ago

http://www.truth-out.org/story-broke/1320767282

"The Story of Broke" by Annie Leonard, The Story of Stuff Project

Quote from article:

"It’s not the most fun part of my budget, but I believe in paying taxes.

Not just because it’s the law but because that’s how I invest in a better future that I can’t afford to build on my own.

You know that future we all want and nearly every candidate promises us — great schools, a healthy environment, clean energy, good jobs.

But a funny thing happens to our money on its way to that better future. It seems to disappear.

And by the time we get around to investing in it, all we hear is, “sorry, not this year, we’re broke.”

In fact, we’re so broke, they say, that we have no choice but to slide backwards, cutting things that made this country great — like schools and the EPA , maybe even Social Security and Medicare."

It goes on to talk about our "dinosaur economy" and how we're spending money on the wrong things.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 5 months ago

Our bozo, toeing the party line on LJW since 2005.

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tbaker 2 years, 5 months ago

Mr. Obama’s experiment of the last three years has not brought us prosperity. The federal government Borrowing and spending $5 trillion in less than three years with little to show for it is a point Mr. Altman seems to ignore. In 358 days, voters won’t ignore this. I suspect the country will react to this fact and steer a course back towards the American ideal of individualism that made us the wealthiest nation in history. Of course this model is the antithesis of the socialism the author of this post promotes. He fails either to comprehend, or accept the fact the statism he calls for has impoverished much of the world, just like it has our country. Government doesn’t create jobs, nor should it. It doesn’t end poverty, grow wealth, or prosperity. In America, the people do that. Next Fall, hopefully we’ll get back to letting the people grow our economy, and reduce the government to its constitutional role.

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its_just_math 2 years, 5 months ago

Still blaming Republicans after two years of Pelosi/Reid and another two years of Obama/Pelosi/Reid and their wild spending orgy.

Priceless.

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mustrun80 2 years, 5 months ago

Jack thinks the government creates jobs.

Priceless.

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Brock Masters 2 years, 5 months ago

I take it you don't think state or federal jobs should be cut. Somehow they are sacred I suppose. Sebileus, Parkinson and not Brownback have all cut state jobs and the truth is i don't miss any of the services provided by those workers. This tells me kansas state gov was bloated.

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amylunde 2 years, 5 months ago

The prices these universities charge is ridiculous, best alternatives to this brick and mortar universities is something called High Speed Universities they charge much less

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