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CONGRESS: Parties show economic ignorance

Letter by David C. Basham, Tacoma on March 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm with 3 Comments »
March 16, 2011 2:23 pm

Our politicians are planning to take out another loan this year for $1.65 trillion. This loan is “necessary” because our representatives can’t balance a budget.

Republicans have stepped forward and said “enough is enough”; we need to cut that loan down by $61 billions, and Democrats have said we need to cut that loan down by $10 billion. With the numbers that large, it’s hard to get perspective.

I’ll scale the numbers down. If the total projected loan were $100, Democrats would shrink that loan down to $99 and Republicans down to $96. In other words, do nothing.

Both parties are content to pile on more debt, driving our nation into the ground. Minuscule reduction proposals are met with disdain.

Sen. Patty Murray’s latest newsletter states that the Republicans “have proposed an extreme budget that would destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs, devastate workers and small business across the country, and threaten our fragile economic recovery.”

She is correct to a point. The Republican budget will do those things because the cuts are not nearly severe enough to get us on track, and her cuts will do just a little bit worse.

The bottom line is that the required budget cuts will be very painful for everyone but are necessary in order to put our future on a firm foundation. I believe most leaders who say otherwise do so out of economic ignorance or selfish political intent. In either case, they are sacrificing our future.

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  1. While both parties over spent, the one that over spent the most also slashed the income via tax cuts and corporate well fair designed to make a small group rich and to send American jobs overseas to the same small group could be richer.

  2. MarksonofDarwin says:

    Great letter.
    Yep. This morally bankrupt “team red” vs. “team blue” mentality is for suckers.

    What is it in human nature that so many of us have to create an evil “other” to blame. Whatever it is….politicians have perfected the art of manipulating the most base part of our instincts. But we don’t care do we…because our team is “winning”! *barf*

    I sometimes wonder if we’re all just too lazy to think. Why are we so happy to allow others to tell us the “jist” of something, instead of challenging even those ideas that we agree with….

  3. Mr. Basham needs to take two continuing education courses. The first would be US History from the Hoover years forward and the second would be critical thinking. Here’s why. What he proposes is close to what Hoover proposed and put into effect. Some of us know how that turned out.
    The second follows from what he wrote, and I quote,”Sen. Patty Murray’s latest newsletter states that the Republicans “have proposed an extreme budget that would destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs, devastate workers and small business across the country, and threaten our fragile economic recovery.” “She is correct to a point. The Republican budget will do those things because the cuts are not nearly severe enough to get us on track, and her cuts will do just a little bit worse.”

    So Mr. Basham agrees with the dire effects of the republican budget cuts and then in the very next breath holds out for more dire cuts as though he is willing to sacrifice the jobs and incomes and well-being of lots of Americans for some unknown and unpredictable “on track” future.
    God help us that people with those kinds of views do not get into a position of authority.

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