Printed letters, January 6, 2013
Imagine you have a mansion fully attended and ready to fulfill your every wish. You have a contingent of loyal bodyguards who would gladly sacrifice themselves to protect you. You have a housekeeping staff and chefs second to none. You have command of the greatest military the Earth has ever seen. You have private transport capabilities to take you anywhere in the world at any time you command. You’ve got it all figured out.
You share just enough of the kingdom’s wealth with the poor, keeping them oppressed, while telling them what great things you are doing for them so they will keep you in power. When your kingdom’s resources have drained, you look around and see that there are an awful lot of wealthy people whom the fools before you have allowed to prosper.
The answer is simple: Just raise taxes on all the successful people in the kingdom. This, of course, accomplishes a couple of things.
First, it gives you more wealth to spread among the poor to assure your place in power. Secondly, since wealth is a major contributor to power, it shows them who really has the power. Yes, it’s good to be king!
Thank God our Congress saw the implications and in 1947 passed the 22nd Amendment (ratified in 1951) to allow our kings to reign for a maximum of eight years. Now, if they could only admit that it would be best for the country if their terms were limited, as well.
I want to believe that the newly elected, junior members of Congress go there with the best of intentions for the country as a whole, but after a few terms they either decide to become “players” or just go with the flow to stay alive in politics.
Either way, it becomes not what is best for our country, but what is best for their political careers (i.e., personal gain).
I believe there are very few politicians of either party past the 12-year point who put the country’s best interest before their own. Term limits, now!
Tipton must put our needs ahead of partisan wrangling
On Jan. 1, Rep. Scott Tipton voted against a measure that raises taxes on American families and businesses. Had the majority of the House voted with him instead of against him, taxes for American families and businesses would have gone up more, not less.
As I’m sure he is aware, confidence in Congress is at an all-time low. Why? It is because neither side will work with the other for the good of the country. The plan that finally passed was far from perfect, but it makes no sense to vote against it just because it doesn’t solve all the problems. One can’t walk a mile if one never takes the first step.
We still need to close tax loopholes, perhaps cap deductions and reduce spending on nonessential programs. This plan was just a start, but Tipton needs to become part of the solution instead of part of the problem.
Tipton says, “Washington did not tax its way to a $16.3 trillion debt; it spent its way there.” Of course, we didn’t tax our way into debt. Taxes raise revenue, not deplete it.
Had we funded our expenditures, such as the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, with higher taxes, we likely wouldn’t be in the situation we’re in now and probably would have been less likely to get into those wars in the first place. Why is it that after tax cut after tax cut, Tipton thinks we have a spending problem?
The problem with cutting spending is that it also cuts jobs, and when someone loses a job, he or she is 100 percent unemployed. Increasing taxes affects everyone more or less equally and so is more equitable.
We hope that, with regard to the upcoming debt-ceiling vote, Tipton will put our country before partisan politics.
JAMES G. REIMER
Extra insurance costs hurt employees the most
How many of us are facing the new year unemployed or partially employed? How many of us have had our hours reduced in order for our employers to avoid providing insurance for us per Obamacare? How many of us continue to struggle more every day as our employment, safety and security are taken away from us? We face more desperation and demands for courage and faith than any of us have faced before.
Just when we hoped it was all getting better, my employer has reduced my hours. Many of us have faced either being reduced or let go. My employer cites too much financial responsibility, per our government’s requirements to provide medical insurance for employees.
That responsibility now falls on us all independently. I am now facing two or three part-time jobs just to survive.
I am reminded of stories of my grandfather salvaging scraps from cars in the Great Depression just to provide food for his family. Share your stories, as I have. I am speaking out, and I hope more of us can speak out. Please let our stories be heard.
Best wishes and blessings to us all. Happy New Year.