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Mr. Holland makes very good points about how a “safety net” can work in an economically balanced society. However, the finances of this country are out of balance. Mr. Holland and his constituents need to understand that by stating the Federal Government will pay (or subsidize) for these programs, they dilute their credibility. The Federal Government is the people. Those that are working pay the tax to the Federal Government. When the burden of the Federal Government, through regulation, taxes and encroachment is as overbearing as it is in the current environment, then we have less workers and less of a revenue stream of taxes to fund such programs. We need more economic stimulation, not more spending of a smaller pool of money.
Alladat…how about this source?
The President of Fidelity asset management group has a pretty good perspective. This is not going to raise new revenue, but just pull it forward. The bigger issue is…who the heck is the US Government to say to me how much I should save or how much is enough. Wake up America!
If you are called to the federal court to be considered as a juror, guess what you need…yup, a federal ID
DHeroides - I figured it was DOT. When you are a hammer, the whole world is a nail. They have far too much power in this area...
I am a recreational cyclist and enjoy some of the benefits of this committee. One strong objection I have, however, are the oversized, day glow yellow “share the road” signs which are a blight on the scenery. Young’s road was bad enough with “no parking” signs every 1/8 mile, but now we are greeted with blinding bike signs. The committee needs a more subtle approach to this practice.
From the Des Moines Register Interview Obama gave the day after the debate in which he said there would not be a sequester...
I’m curious about what you see your role is in terms of changing the tone and the perception that Washington is broken. But particularly, sir, if you were granted a second term, how do you implode this partisan gridlock that has gripped Washington and Congress and basically our entire political structure right now?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, Rick, let me answer you short term and long term. In the short term, the good news is that there’s going to be a forcing mechanism to deal with what is the central ideological argument in Washington right now, and that is: How much government do we have and how do we pay for it?
So when you combine the Bush tax cuts expiring, the sequester in place, the commitment of both myself and my opponent — at least Governor Romney claims that he wants to reduce the deficit — but we’re going to be in a position where I believe in the first six months we are going to solve that big piece of business.
He was counting on this thing! He either lied in the debate or lied in the interview.
Keep in mind that this artificially created trigger reflects a reduction in the increase in spending, not a cut to the baseline budget. Example…say we ran our government on $100 last year, the spending increase was to raise that to $110 this year, but the increase was reduced to $105. There should be no reason that the country should not operate any differently than when we ran it on $100. The spin on this from all our elected officials is disgusting.
Without a well informed electorate, all politicians will manipulate the body politic to their advantage. We have lost the concept that these elected officials work for us. They are well versed at tugging at the strings which advance their message and get them re-elected. The revolution will not be televised.
Not only that, but The Plumbing Knight does great work too!
And God made a liberal
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