Printed letters, Dec. 14, 2010

The extension of the Bush tax cuts is not about cutting taxes, just continuing current policy. Of course after 9/11 we had a downturn, but we survived that. The rich pay what percentage of all taxes now?

The claimed hundreds of billions of dollars of additional deficit that would occur by including the so-called “rich” in the extension is phony. These people create many jobs and that is what we need — jobs.

Do some politicians believe that the citizens should send all of their money to Washington, and then they would send it back to us as they see fit, to buy votes? The Democrats must love deficits. They create them in the trillions, not billions!

Some real tax reform would be stopping the rich from using foundations and trusts to protect their income from taxes. How do you think the Kennedys and Bill Gates protect their income from taxes and pass their wealth on?

Washington hasn’t learned that we can’t spend and borrow our way to prosperity. It’s all about buying votes with tax dollars.

Margaret Thatcher said “at some point you run out of other people’s money to give to someone else.” Many in Washington haven’t figured this out.

JOHN JUSTMAN

Fruita

All of Bush tax cuts should simply expire

How can Republicans and President Barack Obama be serious about deficit reduction and a balanced budget when they are proposing hundreds of billions of dollars in extension of the Bush tax cuts? Even if they extended the tax cuts for just the middle and lower classes, that would still add several hundred billion dollars to the deficit.

If they are serious about reducing the deficit, all of the Bush tax cuts should be allowed to expire, letting the former Clinton tax rates take their place. During the Clinton tax years, 22 million jobs were created and we had a balanced budget. During the Bush tax years, we had negative job growth and governments at all levels running in the red.

I always tell my conservative friends that Bill Clinton was the best Republican president we ever had. We had a balanced budget and tremendous job growth. What more could conservatives want?

Pushing for the extension of the Bush tax cuts just shows that today’s Republicans can no longer be taken seriously.

BRUCE BENSON

Grand Junction

WikiLeaks founder is not only one to blame

For several days, I have heard nothing but about the punishment the WikiLeaks fellow, Julian Assange, deserves. Where is the outrage and concern for how this was allowed to even happen?

It is certain this fellow needs the punishment he deserves, but I would also like to see on the carpet Hillary Clinton, Janet Napolitano and the heads of the 16 security agencies she is in charge of, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and any other person or agency that is responsible for the safety and security of this country.

Right now, these people seem to think that shifting the blame to Assange will explain away their incompetence.

To think that some computer hacker can get full access to the secrets of this country certainly means China, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Cuba and probably Roi Namore (a five acre island in the South Pacific) can also get access.

The people and agencies we depend on have let this country down in a way that far exceeds what Assange has done.

At worst he has done a lot of damage to our security secrets. At best he has shown the entire world how inadequate, incompetent and foolish our protectors have become.

Gone is the greatest nation in the entire world. Welcome to Third World status. How sad.

DAVID SHRUM

Grand Junction

Writer offered welcome insight on Christmas costs

I thoroughly enjoyed Gary McCallister’s discourse on the true cost of Christmas indulgence. His reflection on price versus cost amplifying the differentiation of cause and effect is an apt portrayal.

All too often, the fantastic touting of scientific ideas that we are programmed to adore entirely ignores resulting fallout.

McCallister pretty well covered the scenario of what could result from genetically manipulating a cow to produce wildly massive amounts of milk. But hey, what about the resulting pollution of rivers and lakes from the increased fertilizer runoff from the grain fields?

So the price of Chinese-made toys is low. But what’s the cost, say, in terms of world atmospheric pollution? China is not green.

Thanks for the article.

WILLIAM HONCHELL

Delta



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