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April 8, 2011 at 4:00 PM

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House talks budget plans

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A bit of common sense

You would think the current congressional debate over the 2011 budget was over how much we are going to spend when in reality it is about how much money we are going to spend that we do not have (aka borrow) [“How shutdown would affect you,” page one, April 7].

I do not understand what the Democrats and President Obama are thinking. I mean, we are going to have to cut the spending and borrowing really soon and they know it. Tax increases will not resolve the issue.

The longer the Democrats wait to reduce spending, the bigger the cuts will have to be. It is time for these folks to quit playing politics and misleading their constituencies. This is not leadership. This is pandering to stay in power.

As for the Republicans, the Paul Ryan plan is a starting point on how to correct things long term, but it should have added tax increases for those who are earning $75,000 and above.

The fact is: Their plan is not credible with the Democrats because, it appears to them, all of the sacrifices are coming from those earning less than $75,000.

Common sense should tell them we will need equal pain to get this job done, not unequal gain.

— Ron Papcun, Bonney Lake

What I’ve learned

One of the most entertaining things that I enjoy when reading about how our politicians (Democrats and the GOP) are going to solve the deficit problem, is how adroit they are at kicking the can down the road.

Take the congressman from Wisconsin, Paul Ryan. His plan for overhauling Medicare does not impact anyone 55 or older. Since Medicare does not cost a dime until you can collect from it at age 65, this plan does not commence until 2022!

So, I am able to infer two things, at least, from his plan.

The first thing is that he is trying to squeeze out GOP votes from the people in the 55-65 age group. The second thing is that there will be no savings until 2022.

Maybe it’s time to find the B.S. repellent!

— Alan Zelt, Kenmore

Preserving the wealthy

As usual, Congress’ proposed budget cuts target the poor and the ill while continuing to overfund both the public military budget and the secret (“black operation”) military budget.

There have been no cuts to the billions of our tax dollars that Congress donates annually to the largest corporations and to supplying weapons to other countries.

We have truly become a Third-World country, preserving an ever more wealthy elite on the backs of the impoverished masses.

— Anita Ross, Seattle

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