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Published: Thursday, Jan. 10 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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JoeCapitalist2
Orem, UT

One of the reasons liberals and conservative end up talking past each other so much, is because our basic definitions of certain terms are so different. One of those terms is reflected in the title of this article - "Sacrifice".

To a conservative, this word means that a person is willing to freely give up something that they currently have (given by God, whether or not they put forth effort to "earn" it).

To a liberal, this word means that they accepted less than they felt they were entitled to. If you only got $100 from someone else when you felt you should have received $150, you "sacrificed" $50.

That is why a liberal insists that an expansion of a government program by 5% is a "cut" because they expected it to grow by 10%. All those phony "cuts" in government spending are calculated this way. Failing to jack up tax rates for the wealthy even more, is considered a "sacrifice" by liberals because they "left money on the table".

a bit of reality
Shawnee Mission, KS

By the same token, Republicans sacrificed even more. Now that increasing revenue is off the table, balancing the budget will require more than deep cuts to programs that subsidize Amtrak and electric motorcycles. Balancing the budget will require cutting the military by hundreds of billions. Democrats have been the defenders of Medicaid and Medicare, but the cuts those programs will now face will hurt actual Republican voters more than Democrat voters because most of those benefits go towards Republicans.

A permanent cut in these taxes is a huge win for employed young people. It is a huge loss for the unemployed, for people who directly or indirectly depend upon the military for their livelihood, and the old.

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

I think george has forgotten that republicans actually lost seats in both houses this past election using the exact same tactics he wants them to pursue.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

Democrats sacrificed exactly nothing. Will has gone off of deep end.

red state pride
Cottonwood Heights, UT

It would be nice if Democrats could be honest about the taxes necessary to fund the government they envision and have in fact created. Those bills aren't going to be funded by "the rich" alone. They are going to have to be borne by everybody to the tune of 10% plus income tax rates.
Republicans need to admit that the DOD needs a haircut also even though we have traditionally spent around 5% of GDP on Defense and I don't believe we are at that level currently.

Thinkin\' Man
Rexburg, ID

The basic premise of this letter is that "revenue" (money taken from individuals and businesses) is the solution, but that overlooks the fact that the problem is spending. Even candidate Obama recognized that and railed against it in 2008.

Cut spending. What's so hard to understand?

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