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Published: Thursday, Sept. 20 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Saint George, UT

The ignorance and willful pride and blindness is staggering. The Democratic answers are all about more spending and making taxes more fair, i.e. soak the rich, as if that is going to even put a dent into the deficit and debt. What is wrong with the thinking here? Wake up! Our government has perpetuated a ponzi scheme, perpetuated by Democrat and Republican corrupt politicians and a deluded and ignorant citizenry, that would put them in jail if it were practiced in private. All you do gooders out there that believe that the way to change carnel man is through compulsion, wake up. You can't do it. Give men and women their liberty, allow them to pursue their selfish interests within the capitalistic system, uninhibited nor abetted, by government, and then bring people to a better world through invitation. It will not work any other way. Believing that socialism will do it is ignorance and pride beyond description. Compulsion will not work, no matter what umbrella you put it under. Get America back to work and serve others, without using the power of the government or your own selfish interests to "do good".

Lafayette, IN

If by some miracle we balance the budget, we will still be 16 trillion dollars in debt (48,000 per person, just short of 200,000 per family of 4). This is a serious mess.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

The GOP has already rejected a balanced approach. They made that clear.

What they want is to cut services to the old, students, and poor while giving more handouts to the rich.

Ogden, UT

The Democrats made an excellent proposal -- $10 in spending cuts for every $1 of increased revenue. That would have handled everyone's concernins. Of course the Republicans said "no".


Looking back at the history of the Bush tax cuts
In order to maximize the size of the cuts, Republicans had to minimize the influence of minority Democrats on the package. So they chose to run the bill through the reconciliation process.
But that posed some challenges. Budget reconciliation had never been used to increase the deficit. In fact, it specifically existed to decrease the deficit. That's why one of its rules was that you couldn't use it to increase the deficit outside the budget window. Republicans realized they could take that very literally: The budget window was 10 years. So if the tax cuts expired after 10 years, they wouldn't increase the deficit outside the budget window. They'd also have the added benefit of appearing less costly in the Congressional Budget Office's estimates, as the CBO duly scored them as expiring after 10 years, which kept the long-range budget picture from exploding.

In total, since 2001, the CBO calculates that tax cuts have put the Treasury $6.1 trillion in the red.

USS Enterprise, UT

To "Truthseeker" unfortunately your analysis is wrong. Tax cuts do not create deficits. Deficits are created by spending more than is taken in.

The CBO does not take into account jobs created as a result of lower tax rates.

Tell us, which is better for the government, to collect 5% more from people who pay taxes, or to have 3 additional people working and not collecting government benefits?

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