In front of a train

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Here's the answer to that age-old question:

Yes.

When a tree falls in a forest, and there's nobody around to hear it, it still makes a sound.

Georgia's seven-member Republican delegation to the U.S. House made such an unheard sound this week when they were nearly alone in voting against the economic stimulus package, which passed 385-35.

They stood in front of a runaway train and got flattened.

But we appreciate their statement.

Fact is, even without the stimulus bill, the federal government will be operating about $250 billion in the red this year. With the $150 billion stimulus bill, the deficit will climb to nearly $400 billion -- the second-highest deficit in U.S. history, surpassed only the $413 billion deficit in 2004.

Putting $600 in most taxpayers' wallets will help some -- but it will mostly be a psychological boost. While it might help prevent or shorten a recession, it will also put our children and grandchildren deeper in debt.

Nobody captured it quite like GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who joked that we'll be borrowing money from China so American consumers can buy Chinese-made goods.

In truth, we're not borrowing from China or Saudi Arabia or other foreign investors; we're borrowing from our children.

We sure appreciate seven lonely Georgia congressman for standing in opposition to that, and standing on the principle that we've got to stop borrowing from our children.

We don't oppose Congress passing a stimulus bill. They should cut spending to offset the cost, however.

Now the Senate is poised to sweeten the deal even further by adding billions for seniors and for the unemployed. Remember when it was the House that was impulsive and irresponsible, and the Senate had to act as big brother? What the heck happened to that most-deliberative body?

Senators will be foolish to try to add cars to this runaway train of a bill. And they're irresponsible to suggest we aren't dipping far enough into our children's pockets.

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HTN007
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HTN007 02/02/08 - 04:09 am
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"They should cut spending to

"They should cut spending to offset the cost, however.".........you guys did a pretty good job with this piece but left out the addiction psychiatry aspect of this problem. Asking Congress to make a symmetrical reduction in spending is like asking an alcoholic not to drink. If you want to see a reduction in spending you will need to take stronger action than just asking. What we need is a "twelve step program" for spending by Congress.

jebko
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jebko 02/02/08 - 06:05 am
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Hats Off to these

Hats Off to these gentlemen,they did what they were elected to do. I just wish they had voiced loud and proud how The FairTax HR25 would be the 'mother of all stimulus' packages.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/02/08 - 06:56 am
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Good article, editorial

Good article, editorial staff. It's hard to say anything good about this "stimulus package" and still make sense. Rick McKee's 1/20 editorial cartoon said it best.

DrGunby68
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DrGunby68 02/02/08 - 08:59 am
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Kudos again...excellent

Kudos again...excellent journalism here. Problem: where has their fiscal discipline been in the previous 6 years of Dubya? Fair Tax...not...as schemes go, it seems fair only in the fact that they named it the "fair tax"...don't whine, I read the book. I've seen the projections and this is a very thinly veiled attempt to cut the size of govt. The system of removing embedded taxes and passing it back to the people is just that...a theory that could work, but it will NEVER generate the revenue we currently spend, so what happens? We have to cut govt. Let's have those discussions on the floor of the house and senate. If the founding fathers' proclivities allowing your guns are ok, then let their wisdom on the budget process suffice also. But, I've digressed...good op ed...

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 02/02/08 - 09:00 am
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Any Senator that votes to add

Any Senator that votes to add anything to this bill, should be voted out of office. Why in the heck would you vote to add on those who did not pay any taxes in the first place? I think that we are giving those people ( non-taxpayers) enough already. IMHO

dani
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dani 02/02/08 - 12:09 pm
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Why don't we just keep

Why don't we just keep giving. Just blame G Bush, that will make it okay.

jack
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jack 02/02/08 - 12:32 pm
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Let's get this straight.

Let's get this straight. This ain't a rebate of anything. It is a loan on which you will be taxed next year unless you qualify for an EIC, which will be reduced by the "rebate".

jack
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jack 02/02/08 - 12:34 pm
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Keep your eyes on your

Keep your eyes on your Senators on this one. I expect RINO Grahnesty to vote "yes" and Conservativve Repub Sen DeMint to vote NO1

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