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Should taxes be raised to fix the annual U.S. federal government spending deficit and pay off the national debt? Let’s look at history to help answer the question.

The U.S. Department of Treasury has a Bureau of the Public Debt, whose sole responsibility is to document every cent of the U.S. federal government debt. The website of the bureau shows that every year since 1958 (53 consecutive years), the U.S. federal government debt has increased.

Do you believe that there has been either a national financial crisis or a natural disaster or some other emergency that urgently required Congress to spend more money than was collected in taxes every year for the past 53 years? I don’t.

During those 53 years, federal taxes were increased and decreased several times by Republican- and Democrat-controlled Congresses, as led by Republican and Democrat presidential administrations. But it didn’t matter how much tax was collected in any year, because Congress spent it all, then borrowed more to spend anyway – every year for the past 53 years. It did an especially fine job of borrowing and spending the past three years – $4 trillion over and above the taxes collected. That shows that Congress has been feverishly working hard for the taxpayers.

It is obvious why voters keep re-electing incumbent representatives and senators: The majority of the voting public is stupid; uninformed; too lazy to read relevant information; and would rather just vote for the handsomest-looking dude or attractive woman they see for a few seconds on television.

Given the public’s grasp of using the lessons history provides, the answer is: Yes, raising taxes is obviously without question the right thing to do, so Congress will have more money to spend. To make sure that happens, re-electing incumbents in Congress is the right thing.

Steve R. Smith

Grovetown

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avidreader
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avidreader 01/09/12 - 05:52 am
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Great letter. The sheep will

Great letter. The sheep will follow anyone with a broad smile who promises steak and only delivers wilted lettuce. Several years back I truly thought that with a world wide web, more and more people would take a few minutes each week (or month) to explore their representatives' voting records. It's so simple and actually interesting. But it appears you are correct, Mr. Smith. Even an earnest attempt at healthy legislation is mired in added, insignificant pork-barrel projects.

Let's get back to the subject that no legislator wants to hear about: TERM LIMITS! Ha!

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copperhead 01/09/12 - 06:54 am
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If hussein says we need to

If hussein says we need to raise taxes and spend more,then that is what we must do. mmm mmm obama mmm mmm hussein is lord tingle tingle

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Techfan 01/09/12 - 07:01 am
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Obviously, some of the AC's

Obviously, some of the AC's posters were never on the debating team.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 01/09/12 - 07:27 am
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avidreader, TERM LIMITS yep!

avidreader, TERM LIMITS yep!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 01/09/12 - 08:03 am
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Debating teams are often

Debating teams are often assigned which side of an issue they will defend....whether they believe in the position or not. Very appropriate training for a Democrat.

There is no debating the common sense of not spending more than you make. Common sense and history will also tell you that if you raise taxes our politicians will simply spend all of it and never make a payment on the outstanding debt. For me there is no debate on this issue. The only logical, common sense thing to do is cut spending. Tax increases will not make a dent in the debt and will not change the mindset that got us in this predicament. A Balanced Budget Amendment and Term Limits would go a long way toward putting this country back on solid footing. Our legislators, at all levels, need a dose of reality and the good old formula of "spending ≤ income" is about as real as it gets.

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Bruno 01/09/12 - 08:55 am
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We already have term limits.

We already have term limits. If you don't like the incumbent you can vote him or her out. We need a balanced budget amendment with very tight exclusions in place.

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Chillen 01/09/12 - 10:04 am
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Somebody's gotta pay for

Somebody's gotta pay for those luxury vacations and lavish parties. I wonder how obama's Alice In Wonderland party went? Gee, he only waited a few days to have it once he got back from vacation. That was sure nice of him.

Change you can believe in my friends. A leader who loves to kick the American public while they are down. We suffer. He parties & vacations. During the worst recession/depression since 1929.

Who does that?!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 01/09/12 - 10:06 am
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No, we don't have term

No, we don't have term limits. The incumbent has a huge advantage which allows them to stay there forever by buying votes with earmarks, passing "giverment" programs, and influence peddling. If we had true term limits much of that would not happen.

Chillen
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Chillen 01/09/12 - 11:22 am
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Another reason we don't have

Another reason we don't have term limits is that folks like us down here in Georgia have to live with idiots like Charlie Rangel being elected by their moocher constituents year after year after year. They make financial decisions that DIRECTLY impact us. Can anyone say "housing disaster"?!

kmb413
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kmb413 01/09/12 - 02:50 pm
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Techfan- your posts have not

Techfan- your posts have not shown you to be a Master Debator.

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