Jump-start our economy

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For five years we have heard the president talk about job creation, and flounder about, printing and borrowing money to scatter like someone possessed; buying votes from the wealthy and the poor; and creating massive problems for those coming behind us.

Numerous ways have been suggested to grow the economy by Republicans and others. They have fallen on deaf or uncaring ears.

Here are just three of many simple ways to jump-start the economy, create good jobs and put more tax dollars in the U.S. Treasury that could be used to reduce our enormous debt.

• Sign the go-ahead on the Keystone XL Pipeline.

• Lower the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent, which would be still higher than most of the world. We are second-highest now.

• There are now billions of U.S. dollars in other countries around the world. They belong to American companies that have moved offshore to take advantage of lower corporate taxes, and less regulation and harassment from government in those countries. To bring that capital home to work in the United States, companies would have to pay an additional tax of 35 percent here. They are understandably not inclined to do that.

If the tax rate were to be reduced to, say, 7 percent on those specific repatriated funds, most would come home. The government would get 7 percent of a very large amount of money; companies would be less inclined to go overseas; plants would be built and jobs created here; and our American-made products would be more competitive on the world market.

All of this is just common sense – a commodity in very short supply in the White House. Do these things immediately and watch many good things happen. The Republicans in Congress would quickly approve and accommodate the president in passing the necessary legislation.

The only reason I have heard that the so-called “Progressives” might object is that it helps the “rich.” Yes it does – and everyone else, especially those who want to work and earn their way.

Work, capital and brains are what built this country and made it great. Please, let’s keep it going for those we love who are coming behind us.

George Perkins

Augusta

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bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 02/12/14 - 01:33 am
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I agree %1000 percent but

I agree %1000 percent but unfortunately until we get this current administration out of D.C. there will be no good economy. If one really wants to know what is going on in this Country read the book " Trickle down Economy" by Michael Savage or listen to him or Mark Levin for just a little while and you just may be surprised what is going on in this great Country. Wake up America!

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deestafford 02/12/14 - 01:44 am
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All good ideas and they would work. I have three...

All good ideas and they would work. I have three that would have our economy take off like none in history:

Drill everywhere we find energy. It can be done safely.

Enact the FAIR TAX. That would simplify our tax structure and break billions of investors' dollars from overseas plus we would be swamped with companies from overseas opening up their headquarters in the US.

Reduce regulations that art choking the country's growth. The EPA, Department of Energy, Department of Commerce are just three that could go. As far as people saying "we won't have clean water without the EPA", they have no idea what they are talking about. We have shown we know how to maintain a clean environment and the states can control it.

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david jennings 02/12/14 - 10:08 am
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Envy of the successfull

When someone is harping about "the rich", you can bet they have thier hand stuck out waiting for some other to make them equal. Why work for it when it can be handed to you? The current left running the country has learned how to stay in power through promises of equality to those who believe there is a tooth fairy and santa claus.

deestafford
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deestafford 02/12/14 - 11:21 am
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Thomas Jefferson, one of the most educated and...

Thomas Jefferson, one of the most educated and brilliant of the Founding Fathers--the most educated group and historically cognizant of any group, anywhere, anytime in history--- wrote, "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."

This is a lesson that has been known throughout history going all the way back to Biblical times and for some reason we continue to have people like Obama and the rest of the liberals think things are different today. These igonorants are even pitching the ideas now that people being able to not work because they now have government subsidized (read taxpayer hard earned money transferred to the moochers) health care is a good thing.

Our society is getting sicker and sicker everyday to think the fewer you have working the better it is to subsidize more with tax money. These are economically and mathematically ignorant people running our government!

A government founded by geniuses and run by idiots.

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stuaby 02/12/14 - 12:35 pm
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deestafford quoteth thus:

deestafford quoteth thus: "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." (Thomas Jefferson)

Well, when do we conclude that our 'democracy' no longer exists? Is that time now? If not, then when?

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localguy55 02/12/14 - 01:24 pm
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Good Morning

Very good comments today. I guess the weather has frightened off the normal liberal responses or perhaps George's letter is just too right for them to say anything negative about it. It is true that common sense is lacking in Washington, especially in the White House. But just as Forest Gump said, "stupid is as stupid does."

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Bizkit 02/12/14 - 03:26 pm
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Right now Obama says he will

Right now Obama says he will circumvent Congress because of the stalemate of the two parties. But once the Rep take both houses and they control Congress will he just veto all their laws (which if they have a majority they can override) or rewrite their laws or just ignore them and refuse to execute them and still lead by executive decree? Should prove interesting to see how far he will go.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 02/12/14 - 03:42 pm
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We have a Republic when Dems

We have a Republic when Dems want a minority view to succeed, but then are all in favor of a Democracy and mob rule if the mob agrees with them. Which ever way the wind blows, and if the storm brings a disaster all the better for some political gain. The Gates book exposes what political whores both Obama and Clinton are all for some political gain or salvation-lie, cheat, steal, no matter to protect their political goals and ambitions. To think Hilary has the audacity to run for the office of president as she epitomizes everything that is wrong in politics. We don't need another Bush or Clinton as president-time to end legacy presidents and need some new blood. I wish Condy Rice would run as an Independent-I'd love to see the first woman as president be black and an independent. She would have to rein in the GOP to teach them politics is like chess and sometimes to win you have to lose some battles to win the game. De-Stupify the GOP to end the Stupid Party. I think the Rep are learning passing a clean budget bill which just allows Obama to over spend and screw up more and give them more ammo.

localguy55
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localguy55 02/12/14 - 04:34 pm
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KOS

Your comment has nothing to do with the above letter. It is true that many comments go off on a tangent, but yours is not even in the ball park.
However, if you are looking for a retort then here goes. Cherry picking of isolated incidences involving the "stand your ground" law is too easy to exploit. Try looking up the many incidences where a person is saved or has saved others by standing their ground against thugs. The stories are there if you look.

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dade30906 02/12/14 - 05:14 pm
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The first time I read about

The first time I read about the shooting that claimed Jordan Davis' life, I lost my breath. I read the article twice because I was so confused: A middle- aged adult instigated an argument with a group of teenagers(children) over the volume of the music playing inside their car. And then, because the kids refused to adhere to this stranger's demand to turn down the radio, he pulled out a gun and fired at their vehicle.... eight to nine times? For real? This sad situation highlights the reality of life in America today. It's become a time when the easy access to weapons gives everyday citizens the power to decide between life and death for anyone who may cross their path- whenever it suits his/ her fancy. Personally, I'm tired of living in this climate of fear. From mass killings in an elementary school to violence on a local street corner, there's never been a greater need for stronger gun control laws. By numerous accounts, Jordan was a wonderful kid on his way to becoming a good Black man. Our community suffered a loss the evening his life was cut short. Unfortunately, no one can bring back Jordan, Trayvon or any of the other victims of the flawed Stand Your Ground Law. But together, we can make a difference by keeping his story alive and actively working toward societal change. Now.

Yesterday's tragedy happened next door, but tomorrow it may be a lot closer.

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stuaby 02/12/14 - 07:04 pm
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Bizkit @2:42

"I wish Condy Rice would run as an Independent"

That would be nice, for a number of reasons. She couldn't be Palinized. I.e., her intellect could not be assailed, nor could she be typecast as a sex kitten/beauty pageant piece.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 02/12/14 - 07:41 pm
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And the same lawyer handling

And the same lawyer handling the Jordan Davis case, John Phillips, is handling the Volusia County Beach lawsuits where several people were run over by trucks performing illegal u-turns on the beach running over sunbathers. A lady had her head run over while her kids watched. What the heck does that have to do with anything? Nothing like a fella with an agenda.

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Thug passion 02/12/14 - 10:04 pm
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Did You Know?

Republican is sinking in the polls and the government shutdown has destroyed the Republican brand. It's creating a perfect storm that could bring huge Democratic gain in the upcoming election.

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