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Letter: An ideologue

Re “A lost opportunity to address fiscal crisis” (Sunday Monitor Forum, Feb. 16):

It would be easier to accept Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s assertions about why she voted against raising the nation’s debt limit if she publicly acknowledged that we need to increase the amount of revenue the government raises at the same time that we examine spending.

Until she does so, she appears to be more of an ideologue than a leader trying to address the nation’s problems.

DAVID CAWLEY

Concord

Some posters below never let facts get in the way of a bad argument. Bruce Bartlett, an economist who has worked for several Republican administrations, and kept his sanity, has this to say about federal taxes: "The truth of the matter is that federal taxes in the United States are very low. There is no reason to believe that reducing them further will do anything to raise growth or reduce unemployment....The broadest measure of the tax rate is total federal revenues divided by the gross domestic product.The postwar annual average is about 18.5 percent of G.D.P. Revenues averaged 18.2 percent of G.D.P. during Ronald Reagan’s administration; the lowest percentage during that administration was 17.3 percent of G.D.P. in 1984... In short, by the broadest measure of the tax rate, the current level is unusually low and has been for some time. Revenues were 14.9 percent of G.D.P. in both 2009 and 2010...Yet if one listens to Republicans, one would think that taxes have never been higher, that an excessive tax burden is the most important constraint holding back economic growth and that a big tax cut is exactly what the economy needs to get growing again.
.. federal taxes are at their lowest level in more than 60 years. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that federal taxes would consume just 14.8 percent of G.D.P. this year. The last year in which revenues were lower was 1950, according to the Office of Management and Budget. http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/31/are-taxes-in-the-u-s-high-or-low/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

Oh well thats it then..now everyone who thinks their taxes are too low and the federal government is spending wisely...raise your hand.

when a liberal tries to spoof you about taxes it is because he does not want you to look at the massive liberal record of spending, deficits and debt. A real American would look at the annual spending 10 years ago and today and ask themselves if govt has gotten massively better.

Reality Check for the old whiner in a new bottle: An unbiased look at the sources of the debt and deficit shows that tax cuts, two ill-advised wars, and the Great Recession were the principal drivers of the deficit. Oddly enough, they all happened while a Republican was in the White House.

History for 5th graders - the economy was humming until democrat took over Congress

Your attempt to blame Democrats in Congress after 2006 for the spending and tax cuts driving the deficit doesn't pass the sniff test. By then, much of the damage had been done, and with libertarian Alan Greenspan giving Wall St free reign, things were falling into place for the Great Recession to come. Taxes had been cut, even as we were in the midst of waging 2 wars. Cutting taxes while waging war--what a grand Republican idea!

so good in fact...obama extended them for 2 years.

On the flip side, shouldn't sen shaheen explain why she voted to increase the debt while bailing out Wall Street. And let's not forget the budget shaheen voted for which included cuts to veterans benefits and terminated the unemployment compensation to millions of our most needy neighbors. Now that's an ideologue.

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If we continue to do what we're doing, we will keep getting what we're getting. We have to cut spending before we will get the debt under control. Doing it the other way will not work. If we do raise more revenue, it should be with the express purpose of paying down debt, not shoveling more money at give away programs.

TAXING is not the problem - SPENDING is the problem

TAXING is not our problem - SPENDING is the problem. Any 5th grader can lead the nation running up the nations credit card. It takes a real leader to run the country with the abundance of tax $$ they already have.

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