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I read The Augusta Chronicle’s June 12 outrage of the day, saying that government does not create jobs (“A statement of beliefs”).

Maybe The Chronicle’s management thinks it’s a good idea to lay off government employees. If so, it should start a campaign to demand Republicans shut down Fort Gordon, Savannah River Site and stop all funds to Augusta State University. I am sure that the local Tea Party folks and government-hating conservatives gladly will make the sacrifice, join the cause and do their part to get our nation’s financial house in order. Augusta and the surrounding area will then really prosper without all that annoying federal money coming into the local economy. Be careful what you ask for – you just might get it.

I am sure that Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels also would demand that those federal jobs not be moved to his state.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/21/12 - 04:45 am
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Agree

I have to agree with the writer....Augusta & the CSRA stay on top because of the government jobs......

Southern Leslie
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Southern Leslie 06/21/12 - 06:04 am
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You do realize that the VAST
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You do realize that the VAST majority of employees at SRS are NOT employed by the government, don't you?

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dwb619 06/21/12 - 08:47 am
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doe

Department of Energy staff are the only one's on government payroll.
The rest are only there because the government foots the bill.
I think you are trying too hard to split hairs.

OJP
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OJP 06/21/12 - 09:00 am
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Medical Industry

Don't forget Medicare and Medicaid which help our medical industry thrive.

Augusta should consider changing its name to Federaldollartown.

The only explanation as to how we have so many local Republicans who want to cut government spending is the old "as long as nothing I receive is cut" syndrome.

burninater
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burninater 06/21/12 - 09:22 am
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The only explanation as to

The only explanation as to how we have so many local Republicans who want to cut government spending is the old "as long as nothing I receive is cut" syndrome.
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Another explanation is that they really don't intend to make those cuts, but it sounds really good at the ballot box. And they know full well that most voters are completely blind to what "their team" does in office. There really isn't any other explanation for why Republican voters can be aware of Republican spending history and still think Republicans are the party of spending cuts. Neither party is.

Southern Leslie
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Southern Leslie 06/21/12 - 10:47 am
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I was just pointing out that
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I was just pointing out that with the exception of DOE employees, the rest of the SRS employees work for a company that is required to be productive and make a profit, or they go out of business. They can't just print more money.

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mikesaul 06/21/12 - 11:15 am
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They don't CREATE jobs, they CONFISCATE jobs...

The government, in fact, does not CREATE jobs. Demand for service and products CREATES jobs. The government, by mandates and laws, force those jobs to be government payrolls. Many, if not most, of those jobs could and would be, and many have been, done better and more efficiently by the private sector. Only need to look as far as the nearest empty but overstaffed post office building, where you may walk in and see 10 people behind the counter, but only one or two actually open. And we wonder why they can't break even?
The only advantage the government has over private enterprise is the legal (not the same as legitimate!) use of force to get its way!

When profit, success, and your job depend on your performance, and not on a mandate that it exist, you get the job done!

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DMPerryJr 06/21/12 - 03:46 pm
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Good Letter

Good responses from the peanut gallery too.

Based upon what has been said, it seems that the Augusta region would go down quickly if all of this crazy gov spending were to stop right away.

But you know, and I know, that all those hard working conservative people who bank checks that come directly or indirectly through gov created commerce would be all too happy to go dig ditches if that is what it would take for them to maintain the status quo.

Right?

southernguy08
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southernguy08 06/21/12 - 02:26 pm
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What the ...?
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What flavor of Kool-Aid was that, Brad? Another liberal with a "gummint eejewkayshun." How's things over at the Obama Re-election HQ?

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burninater 06/21/12 - 02:38 pm
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Leslie, those private sector

Leslie, those private sector contractors are as dependent on gov't contracts as the DOE employees, the jobs are just as real, and the services they are rendering are just as real.

But you're right, as that gov't financing dries up, they cut jobs just like the private sector. The idea that gov't doesn't create jobs is pure nonsense. The difference is the source of funding -- taxes and bonds on the one hand, customers and loans on the other.

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socks99 06/21/12 - 05:21 pm
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Link's prescription for

Link's prescription for status quo fiscal policies is unsustainable; this is HIS problem!

So long as government spending roughly matches revenues, then "our system" is sustainable.

Clearly, America's standard of living will have to decline; and so will government spending.

Of course, the idea is NOT to END government spending; the idea is to place it on a sustainable course!

Hopefully, liberals and conservatives can get together on this. Often, reaching fiscal sustainability is a matter of tweaking revenues or expenditures. It ought to be fairly easy to do.

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