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DEBT: Tighten our belts or lose our pants

Letter by Lyle Laws, Puyallup on July 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm | 142 Comments »
July 8, 2011 1:41 pm

We all know that if America doesn’t stop plunging deeper and deeper into debt, our financial future will be catastrophic.

Some keep saying that we should raise taxes on the rich. OK, let’s raise their income taxes by 5 percent, but only on the condition that the rest of us share in getting by with less.

I can already hear my ears ringing, but the only meaningful solution would probably be to make 5 percent cutbacks in all federal spending, including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, defense spending, foreign aid and all the rest. And yes, even the food stamp program should be reformed.

“Take away food from hungary children?” No, keep reading.

I was stunned when I learned that Papa Murphy’s take-and-bake gourmet pizza and salads could be purchased with food stamps. But then a host of other food items qualify: prime cuts of beef, lobster, snow crab, marinated pork loins, colossal shrimp, sushi, party-food deli trays, etc.

If the irresponsible adults who purchase those items with food stamps could no longer do so, the hungry children would benefit greatly because the food stamp allotments that remained would buy far more of the less extravagant but basic nutritional foods kids need but often don’t get.

If you doubt that some of the expensive items mentioned above are often paid for with food stamps, just talk to a checker who works in the grocery section of a supermarket.

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