Letters to the Editor

Letter: Broad impact

February 8, 2013


To the editor:

A new breed of Republicans wants to cut taxes and force down wages. Where will tax revenue come from? Think long-term impact.

It isn’t only union wages that go down. It’s most wages. If all unions get busted, and those millions upon millions are receiving less, that translates into most other workers making less money because workers across America will quit spending money. When workers quit spending money what happens for the long term? People go out of business, thus more job losses.

Carpenters, plumbers and electricians go out of business because workers cannot afford more houses. Property values sink because there is no money and foreclosures continue to rise. New auto sales will slump again. More retirement plans will go up in smoke because Wall Street will take a dive because spending that drives investors is nowhere to be found.

Millions more will not be able to pay for medical insurance. Sales taxes will increase because all other tax sources have gone up in smoke. Infrastructure will go longer without maintenance and/or replacement.

This is but a short list.

By the way, what happened to old-school fiscally responsible Republicans?


Benjamin Roberts 4 years, 1 month ago

"A new breed of Republicans wants to cut taxes and force down wages. Where will tax revenue come from?"

Conservatives (which the LTE confuses with Republicans) do want taxes lowered; they want the free market to determine wages.

Lower taxes equals higher retained income for the taxpayer. Given the choice between me or big government doing with less ... I choose government.

chootspa 4 years, 1 month ago

Lower taxes does not equal higher income retained for the taxpayer if they're also receiving lower wages and paying more out of pocket for services.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 1 month ago

City government handing out tax incentives aka corporate welfare effectively erased the Free Market.

State government handing out tax incentives aka corporate welfare effectively erased the Free Market.

Federal government handing out tax incentives aka corporate welfare effectively erased the Free Market.

Tax incentives aka corporate welfare effectively erased the Free Market thus providing the new business a leg up on the existing business owner effectively erasing the Free Market.

Adam Smith is turning over in his grave over the insanity of paying new business to come into the local economies and running the existing business people out of business.

rtwngr 4 years, 1 month ago

What about social welfare, Merrill? Free cell phones? Free contraception? Break the immigration laws, come into the country illegally and we will give you free food stamps and free healthcare. You can have in-state tuition for your children. Merrill, you are the biggest supporter of free everything and you have the temerity to lecture anyone that will listen to your drivel about "evil corporations."

chootspa 4 years, 1 month ago

The LifeLine program started under Reagan and started offering cell phone service under Bush. Were they both left wingers? I'm not sure where you're going with the rest of your inaccurate rambling, because frankly TLDR.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 1 month ago

rtwngr is not informed like most from the right wing.

Johnston reveals how government subsidies and new regulations have quietly funneled money from the local poor and the local middle class to the rich politically connected.



Richard Heckler 4 years, 1 month ago

The fact is if the "worker bees" quit spending Wall Street goes down the tubes...... best move your money and your investments.

If "worker bees" cut wayyyyyyyyyyyy back on spending city hall may need to call in the tax dollar give aways meaning all should pay up.

Who here wants to work for less money? as right-wingers want?

It isn't about union dues at all. It is about reducing wages pure and simple being led by deceptive rhetoric.

Katara 4 years, 1 month ago

Sure hope that rockchalk1077 is up to date on his robot insurance.

DustyAcres 4 years, 1 month ago

rc77-Hallmark has never had any kind of union. The closing of the plant in Topeka has more to do with the changing times. People don't send cards anymore.

bearded_gnome 4 years, 1 month ago

those bakers working at Hostess sure appreciate Merrill's line uh I mean support ... oh yeah, they're outa work because they like many others lost their jobs because of their greedy shadow bosses in charge of their union. so sad.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 1 month ago

Hostess wants to bust the union so the corporation makes wayyyyyyyy more dough. They like handing out large bonus packages to the upper level management no matter that they are filing bankruptcy.

The workers keep the economy humming along in a big way. IF workers go on a spending strike Wall Street will certainly take a dive.

CEO's in too many situations are paid wayyyy more than they could possibly be worth = draining the bank accounts.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 1 month ago

"100% company paid pensions, health insurance and other benefits." Companies offered these to attract the best workers. Now that millions upon millions are out of work flag waving corp America is ready to engage in slave labor wages ASAP. CEO and upper level management still walk away with those benefits.

With corporations routinely defaulting on their pension promises, more and more workers must rely on their individual wealth to make up the difference. The stock market collapse at the turn of the millennium wiped out much of the financial wealth of middle class Americans, and the collapse of the housing bubble has wiped out much of their remaining wealth.

Pensions for workers have become an endangered species if not extinct.

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