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Tag: federal deficit


SOCIAL SECURITY: Plan pays for itself

Even Ronald Reagan understood that Social Security does not affect the deficit and vowed to protect it during his terms as President. Ronald Reagan said, during a 1984 debate with Walter Mondale: “Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit. Social Security is totally funded by the payroll tax levied on employer and employee. If you reduce the outgo of Social Security, that money would not go into the general fund to reduce the deficit, it would go into the Social Security trust fund.”

President Obama’s proposed cuts to Social Security – and, trust me, the change to a

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FISCAL CLIFF: Boehner sells out future generations

House Speaker John Boehner has removed four fiscally conservative Representatives (i.e., Representatives who had the temerity to take the Republican mantra of “smaller government” to heart) from the Budget Committee and the Financial Services Committee. Their crime: Voting against increased spending.

Maybe it is time to revisit tax rates and deductions for the rich. But that is only half of the problem. The national debt is now over $16 trillion and may exceed $20 trillion by the end of Obama’s term in office. U.S. monetary and fiscal policy is destroying the value of the U.S. dollar, which is now worth

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DEBT: This is why we need term limits

Re: “No supercommittee deal struck” (TNT, 11-22).

The deficit-reduction supercommittee could not come to a compromise even though the outcome could send the country into another recession.

The article surmises that the committee members saw more danger in a compromise that might affect the coming election. Instead of being true leaders, they fold up and run for cover in hope of being re-elected.

Every time term limits are suggested, they tell us that it takes years to learn the rules of the road in government. Yet when the country is in dire need of true leadership, all of these veterans

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DEFICITS: Where was concern when GOP was in charge?

Re: “Dems taking country the wrong way” (letter, 6-19).

The letter writer is alarmed with President Obama’s alleged irresponsible and inflationary spending policy. I wonder where his concern was when President Reagan ran up the highest deficits in history and where was his concern when the Bush administration took the country in the wrong direction in Iraq and ran up unnecessary massive debt to fund that war, not to mention the loss of life.

The writer continues to skew figures and polls in order to support his viewpoint. These aren’t “facts,” as polls vary from time and place and each

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