Stop spending, start cutting

Despite government's assertion, money isn't always the answer

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If your family was busting its budget every month, you’d have two options: increase revenues or cut expenses. In fact, you’d be crazy not to consider both.

So why is our federal government perfectly, solidly and utterly incapable or unwilling to cut spending?

And why is it that Democrats in Washington seem to have an anaphylactic reaction to spending cuts? Why is it that the only way to fix the federal deficit, in their minds, is to throw more of our money at it?

Why aren’t spending cuts ever part of the equation?

The answer, of course, is that the Democratic approach to budget deficits is a purely political one, not at all related to math or logic: They simply think it looks good and energizes their base to whip folks up into a fever and storm the castle to tax the rich.

At least one poll says it’s not working.

Contrary to Barack Obama’s populist war cry to tax the “rich,” a McClatchy-Marist poll says most Americans want the so-called Bush tax cuts extended for everyone – including those earning over $250,000. Perhaps surprisingly, that sentiment is strongest among the youngest voters, ages 18-29 – who want the tax cuts extended by a whopping margin of 69 to 29 percent.

If we had a president who was more balanced, and actually proposed cutting some serious spending for a change – as he promised to do “line item by line item” – then support for higher taxes might have been greater.

But Washington’s answer for everything is more money, not more discipline or sanity. Why should any of us invest in such an unexamined rathole?

It’s not as if it would be a great big job to come up with spending cuts, either. Reports in recent years have cited hundreds of billions in pure waste. And there are plenty of other programs that duplicate what the states are already or private sector could be doing – which, you might have heard, is actually supposed to be the law of the land (Amendment 10: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”)

Entire shelves of books have been written on how the federal government could be streamlined. Entire think tanks have been built upon the need to reduce government, as well as the search for how to accomplish it.

The truth is, we will never see such sanity again in our nation’s capital until we have term limits.

Careerism has taken over Congress like a parasite consumes its host. Our “leaders” use our tax money, and more that they borrow from China and elsewhere, to keep us happy and chubby-faced, without any regard for what it’s doing to our bottom line or to future generations. Lobbyists have lots of great ideas for how to spend all that money, and they lavish gifts and campaign contributions on members of Congress to help them see things their way.

The system, in short, is now designed to overspend our ability to fund it.

This is not the system our founders envisioned. They clearly believed service in Washington would be just that: service. Citizens taking time out of their lives and vocations to serve the public for a limited time, only to return home and back to their private lives. Not staying in Washington to feather one’s nest over decades.

Eventually we’ll have to amend our Constitution to put a more secure lock on the Treasury. Until then, the best we can do is try to populate Washington with more fiscally sane – and less self-indulgent – leaders.

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ultrarnr
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ultrarnr 07/16/12 - 11:39 pm
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Distorting the facts as usual
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WASHINGTON, July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new McClatchy-Marist poll showing the majority of Americans want the Bush-era tax cuts to be extended for everyone conflicts with other polls, and probably is erroneous because the wording confused voters, according to a prominent pollster for Americans for Tax Fairness.

carcraft
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carcraft 07/17/12 - 04:51 am
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Ultrarnr- Please inform me

Ultrarnr- Please inform me what is fair about soaking those who pay most of the federal income tax with more federal income tax? Top 10% pay about 80% of federal income tax. Bottom 50% pay no federal income tax and some even suck money away in the form of "earned income tax credits". Any group that calls it's self " Americans for tax fairness" then wants to increase federal income taxes on the group that is already paying most of the Federal income tax has an agenda. Of course when an issue goes against Democrats or liberals it is never because the people don't actually like the liberal plan, according to Democrats "the people are confused"...LOL

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/17/12 - 05:05 am
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I Feel Stupid

Makes you feel kind of stupid to be in the top half paying the taxes, doesn't it? I mean why don't all of us just slide into the bottom half and see what happens?

But I suppose they would keep lowering the cut-off line until only one dollar would separate us all. We would all have the same government provided houses, eat the same food, use public transportation....and work on the collective farms. Has this been tried anywhere else before?

Southern Leslie
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Southern Leslie 07/17/12 - 05:13 am
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Yes it has, RM....and failed
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Yes it has, RM....and failed every single time.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 07/17/12 - 06:56 am
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"Tax Fairness"

...Hmmm, reminds me of governments which the more they described themselves as free, the more oppressive they are; anytime something was described as "the people's," it's a safe bet: It ain't. Like the People's Republic of China, or the People's Free, Democratic, Republic of Dungeon, aka North Korea. "Tax Fairness" in those countries may be expressed as, "Soak the rich!"

Which why they have such an envious standard of living.

Techfan
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Techfan 07/17/12 - 07:23 am
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The GOP wants to take America

The GOP wants to take America back. Let's go back to the good old days of Leave it to Beaver, I Love Lucy, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, the growing American middle class, and the tax rates of American Hero President Dwight David Eisenhower.

Southern Leslie
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Southern Leslie 07/17/12 - 07:31 am
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And the DNC wants us to be as
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And the DNC wants us to be as prosperous as Greece. That's so much better.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/17/12 - 07:45 am
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Who really thinks that...

only prodigal and self-indulgent people are elected to Congress? Ever heard of "Potomac fever?" And, to mix my metaphors, "you lie down with dogs and you get fleas." Who wants to lose a reelection and the "high life" that Congressional membership bestows by voting against the special interests whose manipulative skills are so adept that they can motivate almost anyone's constituents to replace him/her? Too few?

Techfan
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Techfan 07/17/12 - 08:02 am
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The AC is getting more like

The AC is getting more like Faux News every day. Last year the same McClatchy-Marist poll:

"On tackling the deficit, voters by a margin of 2-to-1 support raising taxes on incomes above $250,000, with 64 percent in favor and 33 percent opposed.

Independents supported higher taxes on the wealthy by 63-34 percent; Democrats by 83-15 percent; and Republicans opposed by 43-54 percent."

Find an aberration and run with it. Every other poll shows the opposite of the one cited, and other pollsters explain that it is the wording that confused the respondents. Yep, the AC is turning into a small time Faux News propaganda machine. They're grasping at straws now. Why never mention Bain, the Olympics, tax havens, residency (they jumped right in with the made up Obama birth certificate bull), the daily contradictions on Romney's political positions (pro-choice:anti-choice,etc.), retroactive retirement, etc. I'd love to know their take on all of these, but it seems they can only trash Obama daily instead of giving us opinions on the real happenings in the race. As to taxes and spending:: when the government gives a tax credit of $77,000 for a dressage horse ( almost double of 2/3 of Americans' yearly income), we'll never break even.

faithson
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faithson 07/17/12 - 09:23 am
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Senator Colburn

Listen to Senator Colburn for real reform... all the rest of this 'yadda, yadda, yadda' is just that YADDA. u adda do this, u adda do that... time to get down to brass tacks !

TParty
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TParty 07/17/12 - 09:17 am
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The house controls the money.

The house controls the money. The house has been in republican control for a couple of year[s]. Ergo- it's all of our politicians fault since this has been going on for decades.

TParty
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TParty 07/17/12 - 09:27 am
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Techfan

The majority of people will say "Tax those rich folks, I still want my things though." because it's not coming out of their pocket. I bet those people polled who support taxing the rich only, would balk at the idea they pay more for the things they want.

I'm sure the Romney issues are coming soon from ACES, but try not to side track the conversation.

allhans
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allhans 07/17/12 - 09:49 am
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Tech Fan..Your 8:23. You

Tech Fan..Your 8:23. listen up.
Take back has no such meaning and I'm sure you MUST know better....
Think about it. "take back" "Go back"
See the difference?

TParty
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TParty 07/17/12 - 09:53 am
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Allhans:

Take back does have a meaning. If I had a book on my shelf, and later I discovered it was gone, because it is now in your hands. I can take it back, and return to my shelf- thus going back to the way things were.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 07/17/12 - 10:14 am
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this is the same editorial

this is the same editorial board that was espousing the virtues of T-SPLOST days ago. just call it a shuffle ready investment for the future/kids already.

allhans
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allhans 07/17/12 - 11:26 am
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TParty..I was referring to an

TParty..I was referring to an earlier post as noted..8:23..Tech Fan said Republicans wanted to " take America back" to some prior period, which doesn't fit with the intent.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/17/12 - 03:07 pm
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In their typical glee to pick

In their typical glee to pick apart ACES, the naysayers totally overlooked the fact that the blame was laid at WASHINGTON's feet, not Democrats, and not Republicans.

Interesting to note as well, Waters from Fox went on the street and asked random young people should the rich be taxed more. I don't know the ratio of yes to no of course, they aired the ones they wanted us to see. However, some who said yes were asked "how much is enough?" Waters asked "is 30% enough or should it be more" "Yes," they said, "30%". When told that the top rate is 36%, at least one walked away saying "I don't care, I'm still voting for Obama." Therein is the problem; many of those screaming to tax the rich have no idea what the rich are already paying. All they hear is the leftist propaganda about the rich not paying their fair share.

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OpenCurtain 11/07/12 - 04:04 am
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Spending more on maintenance than growth.

If you want to see where the money is really going?
The big spending isn't Welfare.
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http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/federal_budget_detail_fy12bs12012n_e...

Techfan
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Techfan 07/17/12 - 04:28 pm
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"Laid at Washington's feet.

"Laid at Washington's feet. not Democrats, not Republican"?
Washington is mentioned 5 times.
Democrats are mentioned twice.
Obama is mentioned once.
Republicans are mentioned, well I'll be. The AC didn't mention Republicans at all. It's the AC's daily screed against Obama. Pull out a poll that's off by a mile and make an editorial out of it. Why no mention of the Republicans filibustering a bill that lets us see who's giving how much money to each politician? Total silence on any Romney gafffe or Etch a Sketch moment. Using their search engine I came up with 3 editorials and 2 stories from Morris News Sevice poking Obama for using a teleprompter, yet I find no mention of Romney's "end of quote". Other papers I read have editorials by the right and left, even though they might lean to one or the other and provide more with their point of view. They need one writer on the editorial board to expand the dialog (and please not Lowell Greenbaum). When the entire staff is so rabidly right wing that they use talking points from right wing viral emails that they know are hokum and that have been debunked (at least let's hope they do or they shouldn't be in the news business) it shows that have no desire for journalistic integrity and have simply become a propaganda source for the GOP.

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justthefacts 07/17/12 - 04:39 pm
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Love it

When a liberal talks about a news source lacking journalistic integrity. LOL. Too rich.

Scratch
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Scratch 07/17/12 - 04:51 pm
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Nice to Read Your Posts Again, Techfan

It has been quite a while since I've been online here, but it is nice to read posts of an intelligent liberal. But I think you've let your bias toward AC editorial board get in the way this time. I agree with you about reference to what appears to be a rather weak poll to support their argument for tax cut extension. Frankly, if majority of young people are said to support cuts I would question the poll as well. I would much rather see your debating points against the main points of this editorial, i.e. the President and Democrats favor tax increases on the "rich" but don't propose meaningful spending cuts and term limits for members of Congress. I suggest addressing the specific issues presented rather than simply offering general criticisms like they've "become a propaganda source for the GOP." I look forward to more respectful debate of issues.

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fedex227 07/17/12 - 09:08 pm
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The ACES gets an F in math ... again.
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Even if you exclude the devastating 2008 economic debacle, from 2001-2008, with the Bush Tax Cuts in place, this country experienced only a 2.4 percent annual increase in economic growth. Economic growth before that averaged an annual 3.2 percent increase. That is a fact. You cannot dispute it. To go back to those previous policies would be irresponsible at best. And to quote polls saying that “most Americans want ….” In my opinion, that will never further your argument. Because, let’s face it, most Americans are pretty stupid.

TParty
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TParty 07/18/12 - 01:05 am
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Doubt any will see your

Doubt any will see your comment fedex- but you're 100% right about the growth rate from 01-08.

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