PO LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Deficit redu...

PO LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Deficit reduction without revenue?

There are 58 comments on the Public Opinion story from Apr 13, 2011, titled PO LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Deficit reduction without revenue?. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster is right: The American people do need a "fact based" conversation on the budget.

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Telmark

Weed, CA

#53 Apr 14, 2011
Dave wrote:
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And really the idea that raising revenues is the same as accessing credit is just plain stupid.
You fail to understand that increasing taxes and/or obtaining credit increases does little to address the problem of over spending. Nope, you just by-pass the truth and start on your old and tired "but Bush did" etc, etc. Well Dave, Bush has been out of office for some time now and the Dems had a super majority in both the House and the Senate for nearly 4 years. Yet, all you have is the "Bush did" card...

Meanwhile, I've worked in the private sector for more than 3 decades and never did I approach my boss and say: "I've spent myself into debt and therefore you should give me a pay raise.

BTW, your comments suggest that you have little real world experience in regards to credit, debt, working in the private sector and/or living within your self determined means.

But then again, that's probably why you nearly always resort to name calling and/or labeling what you disagree with as being "stupid".
Blah

Chambersburg, PA

#54 Apr 14, 2011
Dan the Man wrote:
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So you believe at some point the Republicans will eventually agree to some form of tax increases? Seriously? What evidence have you seen that that might happen?
The unemplyment/bush tax cut compromise should be example #1.
Blah

Chambersburg, PA

#55 Apr 14, 2011
Dan the Man wrote:
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Kiss my ***, troll. Just because you don't want to be serious about the federal budget doesn't mean that we intelligent, patriotic, responsible citizens don't.
We all know that neither side has got serious about the long term solution. Hopefully, both sides are going to be intelligent enough to reach the correct compromises.
American worker

Mercersburg, PA

#56 Apr 14, 2011
Well, let's see if the President will follow through on raising taxes on the rich. I'm not sure if the corporate cartell running this country will allow that.

I think it's going to take a real revolution to bring these cruel, heartless and dispicable men to their knees because they do not care. The sooner people get that the better.
Just 1 Idea

Williamsport, PA

#58 Apr 15, 2011
I think for things to really change DEMOCRATS NEED TO BE INVOLVED. NOT just when a president is running, or senator, or governor, or congressman, or State Rep. or Sen. BUT BEING ACTIVE IN THE COUNTY PARTY, GOING DOOR TO DOOR, CALLING PEOPLE, even RUNNING FOR OFFICE, or just VOTING, if every democrat in Franklin cOunty voted in 2007 we would have 2 dem commissioners! THINK ABOUT IT!
Dan the Man

Hanover, PA

#59 Apr 15, 2011
Blah wrote:
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The unemplyment/bush tax cut compromise should be example #1.
I'm sorry, what tax increases were in that compromise again? I'm pretty sure it was all tax CUTS.
Blah

Chambersburg, PA

#60 Apr 17, 2011
Dan the Man wrote:
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I'm sorry, what tax increases were in that compromise again? I'm pretty sure it was all tax CUTS.
I gave you an example of the GOP compromise on something they originally opposed...extending unemployment benefits.

If both parties ever get serious, then some form of tax increases will be necessary as will some spending reductions and even changes to entitlement programs (can we start by eliminating the cap on social security taxes?)
Dan the Man

Hanover, PA

#61 Apr 17, 2011
Blah wrote:
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I gave you an example of the GOP compromise on something they originally opposed...extending unemployment benefits.
If both parties ever get serious, then some form of tax increases will be necessary as will some spending reductions and even changes to entitlement programs (can we start by eliminating the cap on social security taxes?)
But I was specifically talking about the GOP saying that any discussion whatsoever of tax cuts is completely out of the question, wasn't I?

If that's the starting position then it's clear they aren't actually open to compromise because no serious plan to cut the deficit can rule out tax increases of some sort.
Proud to be an American

Waynesboro, PA

#62 Apr 18, 2011
Pulled Pork wrote:
Proud to be an American must love pork. The two people he praises are the two biggest feeders at the government trough. He must be on the staff of one of these guys.
No I just love the jobs these guys bring to the area. Now that Punt is gone these guys are our best hope for an infusion of much needed economic funds. The other state reps we have are worthless.
Overtaxed

Greencastle, PA

#63 Apr 18, 2011
Show real cuts in spending and we can discuss increases in revenue. There has been no real movement in cutting spending yet!We have a long way to go - cut a trillion and then there is room ofr discussion.
Dave wrote:
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Oh wow, like I wasn't talking about when we had a balanced budget.
Funny thing, things worked fairly well with much higher tax rates of the 50's & 60's.
The only difference was the middle class was growing. Now the only ones growing is the top bracket.
Maybe a lazy person like you would just look at cutting spending but most would look at cutting spending &get a second job to increase income.
Blah

Chambersburg, PA

#64 Apr 22, 2011
Overtaxed wrote:
Show real cuts in spending and we can discuss increases in revenue. There has been no real movement in cutting spending yet!We have a long way to go - cut a trillion and then there is room ofr discussion.
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Since you seem to think cutting a trillion is so easy, where would you start?
Proud American

Hagerstown, MD

#65 Apr 22, 2011
Anon wrote:
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I was wondering how long it would take somebody to bring that up; now let's be fair and show footage of Boehner doing the same thing. Politicians and Personalities put their pants on one leg at a time just like you and I (although sometimes it seems they think otherwise); they get tired and fall asleep during speeches or conferences, pass gas in church, and make mistakes like we all do. All humans basically have warts, but some warts are more obvious than others. I think that we should hold politicians and personalities to the same standards we aspire to ourselves and not on pedestals they don't deserve.
Well lets see how thats working out for the air traffic controllers.......so by your logic we can fire Biden?

I would expect Boehner to fall asleep trying to listen to Obamas drivel..but not his left hand man on national TV....and the poor lady behind him well....just saying. lol
Big AL

San Francisco, CA

#66 Apr 22, 2011
Blah wrote:
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Since you seem to think cutting a trillion is so easy, where would you start?
Dept of Energy was created over 30 years ago to make America energy independent. Classic fail. Defund and get rid of the entire department

Dept of Education was created decades ago to improve the quality of education for our kids. Classic fail. Defund the entire department

Obamacare. Classic fali. Defund and repeal

Obama "stimulus" Classic fail. Defund and return all funds to the US Treasury

Funding for all museums, and all the "arts". Not something the government should be paying for with taxpayer money. Defund

A great start right there

Need more?
start over

Greencastle, PA

#67 Apr 22, 2011
Blah wrote:
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Since you seem to think cutting a trillion is so easy, where would you start?
By not re-electing Obama in 2012!
Anon

United States

#68 Apr 22, 2011
Proud American wrote:
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Well lets see how thats working out for the air traffic controllers.......so by your logic we can fire Biden?
I would expect Boehner to fall asleep trying to listen to Obamas drivel..but not his left hand man on national TV....and the poor lady behind him well....just saying. lol
I believe I can resolve the air traffic controllers problem very easily - stop flying planes in the dead of night.

It used to be that National Airport (now Reagan National) "closed" at 10PM - no planes flew after 10 because the airport is surrounded by homes - now, they are apparently landing planes at all hours of the day and night. First of all, it's not natural for people to be awake in the dead of night, and I'm sure that affects their ability to stay awake. Second of all, I can't imagine that planes that are landing at midnight are full - the airlines could save money by not operating planes that they know will not be full because of the hour they are landing. It's not rocket science, after all.
Blah

Chambersburg, PA

#70 Apr 22, 2011
Big AL wrote:
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Dept of Energy was created over 30 years ago to make America energy independent. Classic fail. Defund and get rid of the entire department
Dept of Education was created decades ago to improve the quality of education for our kids. Classic fail. Defund the entire department
Obamacare. Classic fali. Defund and repeal
Obama "stimulus" Classic fail. Defund and return all funds to the US Treasury
Funding for all museums, and all the "arts". Not something the government should be paying for with taxpayer money. Defund
A great start right there
Need more?
Do you have a clue what these would save? How about what it would cost? You know,. like lost ability to attend college, increased property taxes. You do know the Dept of Ed directs funds to local schools and colleges? Their entire budget is $60B, so your 1/20 of the way to $1T.

Dept of Energy -$30B, or 1/30 of your $1T cut.

So your 2 biggies are 8% of your $1T. And that fails to address the costs that are just transferred to someone else (federal, state or local)

I'll trust the Budget Reduction Commission before knee jerk suggestions that will cause more problems that they cure.
LIL JOHN

New Bloomfield, PA

#71 Apr 22, 2011
Anon wrote:
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I believe I can resolve the air traffic controllers problem very easily - stop flying planes in the dead of night.
It used to be that National Airport (now Reagan National) "closed" at 10PM - no planes flew after 10 because the airport is surrounded by homes - now, they are apparently landing planes at all hours of the day and night. First of all, it's not natural for people to be awake in the dead of night, and I'm sure that affects their ability to stay awake. Second of all, I can't imagine that planes that are landing at midnight are full - the airlines could save money by not operating planes that they know will not be full because of the hour they are landing. It's not rocket science, after all.
You've out done yourself here -- Stop flying at night LOLOLLL

Hey lets stop accidents at night -- stop driving at night (sundown to dawn) LOLOLOL

Do you even read what you post

Not only you are the fool but equally absurd!

''''stop flying planes in the dead of night''''
LOLOLOLOLLLLLLLLL!
Anon

United States

#72 Apr 23, 2011
LIL JOHN wrote:
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You've out done yourself here -- Stop flying at night LOLOLLL
Hey lets stop accidents at night -- stop driving at night (sundown to dawn) LOLOLOL
Do you even read what you post
Not only you are the fool but equally absurd!
''''stop flying planes in the dead of night''''
LOLOLOLOLLLLLLLLL!
I am quite serious. By "At night" I mean planes landing or taking off between the hours of 12AM and 6AM - 6 hours in the dead of night.

Part of the reason this world is as mean as it is now is because the American culture is to be "on" 24/7/365. As a result, people are over-worked, over-tired, and when they become over-stressed it can lead to things such as falling asleep on the job, road rage, senseless shootings of family, coworkers, etc., and just general malcontent. Most humans need time to relax and to rest, and if they go long enough without it, they can suffer not only health problems, but mental ones, also. I say MOST because you are retired and don't do anything but play on Topix all day, yet you still exhibit signs of being overstressed and mentally ill.

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