Comments on: To pay for vital programs, Congress must make tough choices http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/03/26/to-pay-for-vital-programs-congress-must-make-tough-choices/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Andy http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/03/26/to-pay-for-vital-programs-congress-must-make-tough-choices/#comment-12013 Thu, 02 Apr 2009 19:39:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2684#comment-12013 The Republican argument about reduction in charitable giving is preposterous. Nobody should depend on charity. The fact that there is charity, and that some people have come to depend on it, is a symptom of how polarized the society is, of the wide inequality created by the “free market”. Yeah, don’t reform the system so we can keep fleecing the sick; this way when they end up bankrupt because of their medical problems, they can come to us for charity, and we’ll give them, if we feel like it”.

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By: tom914 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/03/26/to-pay-for-vital-programs-congress-must-make-tough-choices/#comment-11909 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 20:41:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2684#comment-11909 Apparently, the author of this opinion and the last two posters have lost sight of what happened to our country as a result of tax cuts, not government spending, since 1982. Our economy, under the philosophy of giving the money back to those who earned it, has created approximately 35-36 million jobs (net of the 1.4 million we lost in the last 6 months)!! That’s why the geniuses (the Founders, not Pres Obama) that set up this capitalistic economy wanted a small gov’t. and a free, self-reliant citizenry, not a Marxist/socialist concept, which the writer of this article either ideologically or ignorantly fails to realize. The policies she is championing will lead us in the Marxist/Socialist direction! She should do some research on comparisons of other countries with socialized health-care programs to ours (see 3/26/09 Investor Business Daily article presenting “factual” comparisons). Also try and review the body of scientists, not from the UN, who disagree with the “global warming treatise”. The university of Wisconsin (hardly a bastion of “conservative” thought) just published a study indicating the earth will cool for the next 20-30 years and then global warming will accelerate! The climate scientists we rely on for “global warming” scenarios couldn’t tell us how high the Red River would rise in 2-3 days, much less that Manhattan will be under water in 50 years!! Why tax our US industry at this time(and pass on the estimated cost of $3100/annually to all energy consumers-yes, even those who don’t pay “taxes”)when it is struggling mightily as a result of ORGANIZED BIG GOVERNMENT regulation and the greed of a few?
The policies espoused in this article will render our great American society bankrupt in 10 years, which will have a devastating effect on us all.

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By: Tony http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/03/26/to-pay-for-vital-programs-congress-must-make-tough-choices/#comment-11906 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 20:19:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2684#comment-11906 Liberals love to make us all pay for thier vision.

Don’t think so? The lady is this article herself says, “…These credits would reimburse families for the increasing costs of energy that will accompany efforts to reduce greenhouse gases …”

Which is liberalise for Democrats are going to double your electric bill.

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By: Josef http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/03/26/to-pay-for-vital-programs-congress-must-make-tough-choices/#comment-11883 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 17:47:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2684#comment-11883 I don’t think increasing taxes a couple thousand dollars for people that make over 250000 a year is going to ruin this country. It’s disgusting that taxes were ever lowered on that segment of the population. People who have benefited most from society should give the most back. Nobody succeeds on initiative alone. Rugged individualism is a mythology. If you think it is your own rugged smarts that have helped you succeed, try living in the wilderness without society for awhile. I bet you won’t be too successful.

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By: Winchester73 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/03/26/to-pay-for-vital-programs-congress-must-make-tough-choices/#comment-11875 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 17:11:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2684#comment-11875 “And while cutting waste in such areas as Medicare, military contracts and farm subsidy programs are important sources of potential savings, they won’t provide enough to fund the desperately needed shift in priorities called for under President Obama’s budget.”

We spend $3 billion a year in subsidies to sugar farmers alone (the lion’s share goes to 17 agri-business companies). That’s just the sugar subsidies. These add up quickly.

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By: Kerry http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/03/26/to-pay-for-vital-programs-congress-must-make-tough-choices/#comment-11839 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 12:54:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2684#comment-11839 The great depression became “great” instead of the relatively short recession everyone else was experiencing at the same time because we were held captive by FDR and his brain trust of progressives, who likewise believed in handing out taxpayer money like it was manna from heaven. The money congress and Obama spends comes from *taxpayers*. If there are tough choices to be made, they might have to include reducing the grasp of the federal government, dismantling the dept. of Ed and turning that function back over to the states where it belongs. They might include a national lesson on hard science that puts an end to the demagoguery of the global warming issue. And if you MUST throw federal money at education, they might require a year of economics for high school seniors so they understand where government money comes from.

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By: Axel http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/03/26/to-pay-for-vital-programs-congress-must-make-tough-choices/#comment-11797 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 02:45:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2684#comment-11797 The time has come to improve ourselves. We have been a victim by the elite. We are told that we cant have it; that we need to sacrifice but they continue by raping all of us and the elite makes it all.
George and the conservatism mentality let the elite have it all when they steel it AL From all of US. Behind a shield of Values and conservation on the back of the people.

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By: Michael Ham http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/03/26/to-pay-for-vital-programs-congress-must-make-tough-choices/#comment-11744 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 20:09:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2684#comment-11744 Tough decisions on where to cut spending? Is this woman serious?

Why not cut spending on the War in Iraq?

Or the war in Afghanistan?

Or the Drug War?

Or on pork projects?

Or the department of education?

Or the department of homeland security?

All we have to do is cut spending on projects and sections of government that has proven to be a complete failure (which is our entire government).

I’m also not sure of which cave R J Ross was in for the 8 years of the Bush administration and his near 2/3 Republican Congress. You know, the ones who doubled the budget and grew government exponentially after the hypocrits talked about how Clinton spent too much.

Ron Paul supporter til the day he dies.

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By: commonman http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/03/26/to-pay-for-vital-programs-congress-must-make-tough-choices/#comment-11708 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 14:28:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2684#comment-11708 If the bail out money used to debit in American citizens’ account, the economy might have rapidly improved. The bail out packages announced by govt. is nothing but giving more and more to corrupt organisation and the main beneficiary is a tiny section i.e. politcan, bureaucrats and big corporation.

If the govt. want to serve the people and peoples welfare, then immediate remit all the bail out money to directly to all its citizen of America, whether he/she rich or poor, everybody need to get benefit. Afterall they are the tax payers.

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By: commonman http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/03/26/to-pay-for-vital-programs-congress-must-make-tough-choices/#comment-11707 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 14:26:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2684#comment-11707 If the bail out money used to debit in American citizens’ account, the economy might have rapidly improved. The bail out packages announced by govt. is nothing but giving more and more to corrupt organisation and the main beneficiary is a tiny section i.e. politcan, bureaucrats and big corporation.

If the govt. want to serve the people and peoples welfare, then immediate remit all the bail out money to directly to all its citizen of America, whether he/she rich or poor, everybody need to get benefit. Afterall they are the tax payers.

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