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No motivation

November 26, 2011

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To the editor:

There was never any motivation for the Stupid Committee, oops, Super Committee, to reach any agreement on deficit reduction. They could all just dither and blather knowing they would do nothing that might offend anyone who might vote for them or contribute to their campaigns because of the built-in trigger that would kick in and make cuts automatically and none of them would have to bear the full responsibility.

Perhaps if the trigger had been that THEIR entitlements were on the line, they might have felt a little more urgency to make more effort, except they are mostly all so well insulated, they will never have to worry about things financial, regardless. We provide them with the best of everything, and this is what we get in return.

If raising taxes on the wealthy is a job killer, why aren’t those folks currently creating jobs? Over the past two to three years, as wages have been falling and more Americans are living at the poverty level, the collective worth of Congress has increased about 25 percent.

Dump ‘em all. Guess that won’t make any difference as long as corporate can buy the newbies as soon as they arrive in D.C., and the rest have taken a nonsensical pledge that defies logic.

Comments

Richard Heckler 2 years, 10 months ago

Good letter Julie. Remember Ralph Nader on his last campaign was pushing a 90% replacement of all incumbents at each election cycle. No one else was speaking of such a fiscally responsible plan.

Meanwhile Julie enjoy the holidays.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 10 months ago

  1. Cut off the Bush tax breaks forever December 25, 2011

  2. PUT 25 MILLION unemployed back to work at no less than $17.50 per hour

  3. Sign on to a budget that some democrats put forward yet the RINO party of NO said NO:

This is the only budget that does everything this country needs: * Reduces Debt by $10 trillion * Creates good-paying jobs * Fully maintains our social safety net * Invests in education * Ends our costly wars * Closes the tax loopholes that have made offshoring jobs profitable * Ends oil and gas subsidies that pollute our country at taxpayer expense * Creates a national infrastructure investment bank to help us make intelligent investments for the future

This is one of those occasions we all hope we'll live to see: We really can make a difference right now if we speak up loudly with one voice.

This fiscally responsible budget represents not just common sense; it represents the will of the American people.

These aren't just words on a page or numbers in a table—these dollars and cents mean lives helped or hurt, people succeeding or falling by the wayside, and families lifted up or dragged down.

This is about America. http://capwiz.com/pdamerica/issues/alert/?alertid=54073521

What this fiscally responsible budget does very specifically:

http://cpc.grijalva.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=70&sectiontree=5,70

http://www.npr.org/2011/04/15/135435883/the-nation-obama-should-fight-for-peoples-budget

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/4/14/while_obama_touts_compromise_with_gop

http://www.thenation.com/blog/159939/fighting-peoples-budget

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jaywalker 2 years, 10 months ago

Unfortunately, that supposed automatic "trigger" is a farce. I've heard numerous of our elected numbskulls comment that it isn't "set in stone" or that it can be "removed." Nothing like being under the gun. When it has no bullets, that is.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 10 months ago

"2. put 25 million unemployed back to work at no less than $17.50 per hour" How do you propose to do that, bub?

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jafs 2 years, 10 months ago

jaywalker is right.

The whole thing is a farce - if we had really committed to automatic cuts that immediately went into effect upon failure of the committee, it might have meant something.

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Armstrong 2 years, 10 months ago

What if of the day. Ok here is my question. Suppose the rich are taxed, and taxed at a "fair" rate (whatever that is). What happens if and when unemployment still does not go down? The federal defecit remains unchanged because government is still spending at a faster rate then revenues ? Are we or are we not still in the same boat as before ? The difference being the government throwing away more of our money as opposed to pre - wealthy tax rates ?

Has anyone seen a concrete plan of how any extra income would be directly applied to lowering the national debt ?

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jafs 2 years, 10 months ago

The only reasonable plans involve both raising revenue and cutting spending.

Some of the proposals involved spending cuts/tax increases of 10/1.

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