They're both right

So why can't parties band together to cut spending?

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Newspaper headlines can’t say everything, and this particular one left a lot unsaid.

“Millionaire tax is popular, poll finds,” heralded a recent Associated Press/GfK poll.

Yes, but. And this is as big a “but” as you’ve seen in awhile.

Americans do like the president’s proposal to tax the rich – but – “they’d still rather cut spending than boost taxes to balance the federal budget,” the AP writes.

“By 56 percent to 31 percent, more embraced cuts in government services than higher taxes as the best medicine ...”

In short, the Democrats are right. But so are the Republicans.

If that seems not to make sense, it very well could – if the two parties could swallow their considerable election-year pride and work together. Take a cue from the public, and cut spending first!

It need not hurt as much as some fear. There’s plenty of fat that can go before anything else; books and reports on the Washington waste are legion. But there are also a lot of other government functions that could be left for the states, and the people, to do for themselves (as the 10th Amendment seems to require). It just takes political will.

But, no. It’s so much easier to demonize the wealthy and just go for more of their money – and to claim over and over that those who pay the lion’s share of the nation’s taxes aren’t paying “their fair share.” And without any accounting for how the money Washington already has is being spent. None whatsoever.

Can you see why folks aren’t jumping at the chance to feed this overeating, unaccountable monster? Even Warren Buffett, who complains he doesn’t pay enough in taxes, apparently hasn’t coughed up any extra. Buffett, says the plainspoken New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, “should just write a check and shut up.”

It’s a good bet a bunch of people would, if they thought it was put to good use.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/25/12 - 07:26 am
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I like Jimmy Buffett better.

I like Jimmy Buffett better. Just get drunk and be somebody.

carcraft
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carcraft 02/25/12 - 08:44 am
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The true irony of Buffet is

The true irony of Buffet is that his company, Berkshire Hathaway owes tha government around a Billion in back taxes! Why doesn't Buffet pay up and shut up?

d1zmljqg
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d1zmljqg 02/25/12 - 09:18 am
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"Even Warren Buffett, who

"Even Warren Buffett, who complains he doesn’t pay enough in taxes, apparently hasn’t coughed up any extra."

I see you didn't mention his challenge to Repubs where he pledged to match 1 for 1 all such voluntary contributions made by Republican members of Congress. Furthermore he stated, “And I’ll even go 3 for 1 for McConnell." (Sen. McConnell from Ky.)

InChristLove
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InChristLove 02/25/12 - 10:09 am
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Since Mr. Buffett was ranked

Since Mr. Buffett was ranked the third wealthest person in 2011 and a Senator makes less that $250,000 a year, it's easy for Mr. Buffett to make this challenge when no real sacrifice is needed. If I make $50,000 a year and I place this challenge to someone who make $10,000, what challenge is it for me. Nothing but hot air.

carcraft
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carcraft 02/25/12 - 10:41 am
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Why if Buffet is so generous

Why if Buffet is so generous with paying taxes doesn't he have his company pay up? Buffet can offer all the challanges he wants but it doesn't matter if he or his company isn't paying what he or the company now owes. Gee I know I'll offer some stupid bet to peole who have paid thier taxes when I haven't paid mine? LOL

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dichotomy 02/25/12 - 11:27 am
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Look, Buffet talks crap and

Look, Buffet talks crap and his company owes back taxes and is fighting paying them. Hypocrite. 'Nuff said.

We spend $1.40 for every $1.00 we take in. Fix that.

50% of people (voters) do not pay any federal taxes. Fix that.

Once you fix those two things, not before, raise the taxes on people who make a $million a year JUST ENOUGH that we can actually start paying down the principal on our $15 trillion debt. All revenue raised from the Millionaires Tax should be fenced, locked up, for payment on the debt only. Not for spending in the budget....debt principal payment only.

impossible
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impossible 02/25/12 - 01:32 pm
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Is Obama energy policy and
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Is Obama energy policy and high taxes, including the most regressive tax of all, inflation, helpful to the rich or the poor? His energy policy fits his foreign policy quite well and helps the poor. His rich Muslim friends in the Middle East get richer and avoid poverty. If we become energy independent and create jobs here, it might endanger our relationship with his Muslim friends. We wouldn't want to burden Muslims with doing the impossible, like the Israelis did - making the dessert bloom.
Under a Republican president, high gas prices would be terrible, but not under Obama. Think about it. High gas prices will save the lives of the poor and traffic deaths among the rich will disproportionately rise, because the poor will have to walk or ride bikes to work, while the rich can tool along the highways at higher speeds (less traffic out there). Bicycle factories will increase and flourish and there will be more mfg jobs and more bicycle repair shops. Horses might even make a comeback, not to mention buggy manufacturing. Democrat politicians can then claim that, “The good old days are here again.”
Why would anyone in fairness criticize such a wonderful president who so loves the poor? Like God, he must love the poor because he has created so many of them. Under Obama the poor shall indeed inherit the earth – gravesites - they will die earlier from starvation, poor diets and/or universal health care. Planned Parenthood and the “racial purification” dream of its founder, Margaret Sanger, will be diminished. Some 35% of Obama's abortionists will become unemployed.
The rich, Congress and government workers will have plenty to eat and have superior health care.
It's all so confusing.

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harley_52 02/25/12 - 05:05 pm
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Buffet has discovered the

Buffet has discovered the secret to being filthy rich and still being embraced by the ultra-left.......Act like one of them. Heck, you don't even have to pay your taxes and they still treat you like a king.

If you're Conservative and rich they'll hound you and blame you for all the world's ills. If you're a liberal and rich, they'll treat you like a brother.

burninater
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burninater 02/25/12 - 05:12 pm
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Since Mr. Buffett was ranked

Since Mr. Buffett was ranked the third wealthest person in 2011 and a Senator makes less that $250,000 a year, it's easy for Mr. Buffett to make this challenge when no real sacrifice is needed. If I make $50,000 a year and I place this challenge to someone who make $10,000, what challenge is it for me. Nothing but hot air.
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Wait, you mean it's no real sacrifice for America's wealthiest to let a little more money slide through their fingers? So this opposition to returning to the progressivity of the tax code of, say, the 90's -- that would just be pure greed?

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fedex227 02/25/12 - 06:33 pm
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I can’t believe it, I actually agree with the Chronicle editorial staff. Proffering an idea that involves compromise and a bit of give and take. A sense of working together to incorporate ideas from both parties for the overall benefit of the nation. Unfortunately, don’t look to the current crop of Republican candidates if you support this type of approach. During the Iowa debates back in August when the moderators asked the candidates to raise their hands if they would walk away from a deal that cut ten dollars from the deficit for every one dollar in tax increases. Every last person on stage said they'd reject that deal. So much for compromise (even when you’re getting 10:1 on the deal).

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