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Published: Tuesday, Dec. 18 2012 10:07 a.m. MST

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Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

Here in Wisconsin, thanks to "conservative" Governor Scott Walker, our family lost over 15% of our income, due to the Republican's Act 10. This, after nearly a decade of frozen pay, thanks to Governor Tommy Thompson's QEO that gave our entire increase to insurance. We are scheduled to be cut an additional $50 monthly, beginning in January. If this country goes over the "fiscal cliff" it will devastate our family and the local economy.

I share this because I don't think that many who are prejudiced against teachers understand the reality of their lifestyle. For many families, a teacher is merely a second income and those women rarely fight for fair pay. For men and single mothers, it means being a professional while living on a spartan and ever declining budget.

There is a class war in this country, but it isn't the poor who are trying to crush the rich, excuse me, I meant the "job creators." Poverty producers, is more like it. What floats all boats are living wages for anyone who works. The EITC is a distraction that serves to hide the fiscal abuse of workers.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "Midwest Mom" so what you are saying is that you are just like the rest of the country. Your pay raises, on the best years, only cover the cost of living increases.

While you blame the Act 10 as being such a problem, the alternative was for your husband to lose 100% of his income as budgets were cut to pay for the union mandates.

sally
Kearns, UT

With a tax increase like this, I think more people will turn to bartering, cash under the table jobs, and more extended families will move into one home. I don't know how else they can survive. Many have already filed bankruptcy, so they have to wait until I think it is seven to eight years. Maybe more people will learn to cook and repair things.
The wealthy are not going to give up their lifestyle to help those in need, they will just pass the taxes on to those of lower incomes. Thus, most of the people of the U.S. will pick up the tab for whatever taxes are placed on the wealthy. So, raising taxes on the wealthy will not penalize them. It will penalize the rest of us. They have good accountants.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Suddenly Democrats say that increased taxes means their income is being "devoured"? I have heard it all now! It seems Democrats love taxes, as long as its someone else who is paying them! Welcome to the real world, Democrats!

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

If the result of the cliff is so dire, why is BO holding the tax cut extension hostage purely for political purposes?

Because he is not a leader, he cares not for the common people despite his act, he just wants to consolidate power in the dem party.

Shaun
Sandy, UT

Unions are bad because they fight for a better wage and benefits but Walmart is the poster child for how mountainman and redshirt want the country to be.

Unions are bad because I actually make enough to pay taxes and have health benefits but Walmart is good because they pay there workers so little they actually qualify for government assistance.

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