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BUDGETS: Stop deferring hard decisions

Why can’t politicians do what is necessary rather than putting off the hard decisions for the next person or into the next year? The federal government can’t deal with a growing deficit. It can’t raise taxes or reduce spending in an election year. Leave that for next year.

The state Legislature wants to either not make a pension payment or move spending from this year into next year to “balance the budget.” So we start with a deficit in a biennium that will probably still be running a deficit.

The City of Tacoma has a huge budget shortfall. Nobody wants

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DEFICIT: Who pays? We all do

The current federal budget issues and the threat of closing down the government is about the difference of cutting $61 billion or $30 billion. Seems our government in DC is missing the point. This difference of $31 billion is less than 1 percent of the total spending of the U.S. government.

The federal deficit for this year and next year is projected to be more than $1.6 trillion each year. This level is projected the continue for the next 10 years at current spending and taxing levels.

Currently, the U.S. Gross Domestic Product is around $16 trillion. So our one-year

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