Re: “We must make hard choices now” (letter, 2-27).
Despite decades of conservative propaganda, there is no evidence to show that the tax level has anything to do with the level of general prosperity.
After the Reagan/Bush administration ran the federal debt up by twice over, President Clinton balanced the budget and ran up a net surplus in eight years amid general prosperity and without changing tax levels appreciably.
When George Bush took over in 2000, he lowered taxes on the wealthy and ran up a huge deficit for Obama to inherit. Given that, it is a little peculiar to whine about Obama’s plan for “crippling taxes.”
That is especially true when those advocating making “hard choices” never seem to admit that the Department of Defense soaks up half of the federal budget. Do we really need a dozen supercarriers floating around the world? Or almost 200 permanent bases in foreign countries?
And how about the military retirement program: 25 years in uniform and you have free medical care and half or two-thirds of your pay for the rest of your life? Is that what is meant by “bloated federal retirement benefits”?
So let’s spend what it takes to put the economy back in running order, knowing that we can cut expenses and survive much better if we do so. Americans’ unemployment is the real crippling factor in this issue.