Letters to the Editor

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Tag: supercommittee

Nov.
25th

DEBT: We’d still be hurting even if supercommittee succeeded

Your editorial of 11-23 contains an error that cries out for correction. You say the congressional supercommittee was tasked to find a way to “reduce the U.S. government’s debt – which just exceeded $15 trillion – by $1.2 trillion.”

In truth, its goal was to reduce the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion over 10 years. This is a “paltry” $120 billion per year, less than 10 percent of the annual deficits we are currently running, and the members could not bring themselves to accomplish even that.

Had the supercommittee succeeded, we would still have been on track to add

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Nov.
25th

DEBT: Obama’s the problem, not the rich

Back to square one. The supercommittee failed. That wasn’t a surprise. The Democrats wanted more revenue (taxes). The Republicans believe taxes should not be raised on anybody during these bad economic times, and even former President Bill Clinton agrees.

President Obama and the Democrats just can’t let go of their campaign strategy (“it’s the rich, stupid”). Time and time again – budget debate, debt ceiling debate, supercommittee debate – their answer is to raise taxes, primarily on the rich. It’s a broken record.

The American people said “no” to new taxes in 2010, and Colorado voters recently reaffirmed that view

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Nov.
22nd

DEBT: A downside to divided Congress

It has long been held that a divided Congress is the best Congress because the houses balance each other out and neither party could get away with any significant change.

Unfortunately, we have now witnessed the downside of that philosophy with the failure of the supercommittee to reach and debt deal (TNT, 11-22),  and it couldn’t have happened at a worse time. With diehard Democrat and Republican voters blindly voting their ideological line, the independent voter holds the key to get this country moving again.

As repugnant as it sounds, perhaps the answer lies in no longer splitting our

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Nov.
22nd

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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Nov.
22nd

DEBT: National political system is broken

The national political system is failing. We need decisions from Congress, not political stances. The Democrats and Republicans are contributing to the current ruination of our economy by adhering to party politics.

Congress and the individual members need to focus on what they can do to benefit our country. Instead, Congress’ accomplishment this month is to declare pizza a vegetable.

Nov.
21st

ECONOMY: Thoughts on state tax, debt committee and Occupy movement

Another proposed tax increase by our governor when so many are out of work and consumer goods have skyrocketed. I guess Washington voters forgot the huge deficit she had incurred in her first term of office. Then came the economic downturn and we have a major funding issue in this state. Maybe next election voters will be more thoughtful as to who they vote into office.

The congressional committee couldn’t agree on how to fix the deficit. Is that surprising to any of us? Before Medicare or Social Security get cut, maybe our leaders in the other Washington shouldn’t get

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