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SPENDING: Easier to give away than to take back

Letter by Lyle Laws, Puyallup on Feb. 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm with 22 Comments »
February 17, 2012 5:13 pm

All levels of government are flirting with bankruptcy. Why?

At the city, county and state levels, the main reason is that public employee unions walk in lockstep with politicians who will grant them pay and benefits far beyond what taxpayers can afford. And union members who oppose certain candidates are often forced to contribute money to help elect them anyway.

At the federal level it comes down to the fact that although half of the people in America pay no income taxes, that same half receives far more than half of the benefits paid for by the government.

To further compound the problem, about 15 million Americans are out of work and about 15 million illegal aliens here are doing work that our citizens could and would be doing if they couldn’t get by just about as well by not doing so.

Oh, and by the way, the top 5 percent of those much-maligned rich taxpayers pay nearly 60 percent of all federal income taxes.

When the financial well runs dry, as it will if spending isn’t reined in, and the government tries to take away or reduce entitlement programs, the riots in Greece will probably seem very mild in comparison to what will likely occur here in America.

It is much easier to give than it is to take away.

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  1. CuzEyewanna says:

    I don’t see anything about elected officials getting farm subsidies over and above the salary they are already paid.

    There’s nothing about corporate agriculture paid to grow nothing.

    I don’t see a mention of oil companies paid a subsidy.

    I do see a lot of Republican talking points.

    Same author, different day

  2. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Cuz- while the agri subsidies need to go, you are talking a drop in the bucket in regards to our entitlement spending. Makes a nice DNC talking point, though.

  3. Yet another lyleism trying to make unsubstantiated points.

  4. took14theteam says:

    And another Publiko comment not providing any facts to refute the points.

  5. took14theteam says:

    Eye wanna have a Martini…..

  6. took14theteam, U really don’t wanna.

  7. took14theteam says:

    Point

  8. Cardinous says:

    It appears that some are drinking whine from sour grapes

  9. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Pathetic. I ask once again why TNT can’t block his IP?

  10. rooster_02 says:

    Lyle – Get back on your meds

  11. pantomancer says:

    They can ct7, but asking them to block their own IP address is not realistic.

  12. Cardinous says:

    cheap whine from sour grapes.

    I see LF is still peddling the paranoia. Some people never learn their lesson

    I don’t want to see took14’s IP blocked, no matter how much it harasses

  13. Cardinous says:

    enough drops in the bucket make a full bucket – isn’t that what was said about defunding NPR?

    Funny how they can’t seem to apply the same theory to their pet projects

  14. aislander says:

    Such as national defense? Most conservatives are opposed to corporate welfare, so I really don’t know to what other “pet projects” you could be referring. National defense is a “pet project” of the Constitution.

    In any case, one has only to look at the balance sheets for Wisconsin and Indiana to illustrate the validity of Lyle’s point…

  15. aislander, could you explain what you mean by the balance sheets of Wisconsin and Indiana?

  16. yabetchya says:

    Cardinous says

    Feb. 18, 2012 at 7:49 am “I see LF is still peddling the paranoia. Some people never learn their lesson”

    He just can’t help it…Kardinous P Hill. He just can’t leave his infatuation with LF out of these threads :)

    It would be sad, but heck no… it is so funny!
    Sorry about the interuption, but a Kard alert was just issued.
    Now back to your scheduled topic.

  17. Most conservatives are,

    not really conservatives so your generalizations don’t really have much weight.

  18. aislander says:

    Actually, beerBoy, you are correct: I shouldn’t have written that most conservatives are opposed to corporate welfare.

    I SHOULD have said that if one favors corporate welfare, he is ipso facto not conservative at all.

    Rent seeking (corporate welfare) is, by definition, in opposition to a free market, and the free market is an article of both faith and reason to economic conservatives…

  19. aislander says:

    I should have written that rent seeking along with corporate welfare are in opposition to the free market. Nowadays, the best way to secure a rent-seeking arrangement is through collusion with government…

  20. sandblower says:

    What we see here is typical right wing drivel where the poor are made into villains and those well off are the victims. That anyone could actually believe the obvious nonsense Mr. Laws promotes, says more about a person’s biases and bigotry than anything else.

  21. Too stupid and insignificant, but what the hell.

    “At the city, county and state levels, the main reason is that public employee unions walk in lockstep with politicians who will grant them pay and benefits far beyond what taxpayers can afford.”

    As any other interested, lobbying entity; mostly, corporate.

    “And union members who oppose certain candidates are often forced to contribute money to help elect them anyway.”

    Way outweighed by the benefit of having one’s voice amplified by an organization.

    “At the federal level it comes down to the fact that although half of the people in America pay no income taxes, that same half receives far more than half of the benefits paid for by the government.”

    Of course, it cannot be oherwise: the ones needing and receiving the support should not return it to the government, it’s inefficient.

    “To further compound the problem, about 15 million Americans are out of work and about 15 million illegal aliens here are doing work that our citizens could and would be doing if they couldn’t get by just about as well by not doing so.”

    Well, it’s the “job creators” making the decisions.

    “Oh, and by the way, the top 5 percent of those much-maligned rich taxpayers pay nearly 60 percent of all federal income taxes.”

    Because they receive the bulk of the welth. This has been beaten to death.

    Lies upon lies and zombie talking points.

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