Obama seeks a political trophy, not a balanced approach
House Speaker John Boehner has offered $800 billion in new revenue through tax reform, but, no, President Obama wants to please his radical left-wing base by socking it to the rich.
It should make far more sense to everyone to get new revenue without raising taxes if at all possible.
John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan created more revenue through tax cuts than tax increases. Howard Dean stumbled on the right approach last week by announcing that everyone, including the 47 percent, should be paying federal income tax.
The more skin people have in the game, the less likely they will want tax increases. This will be good for everyone, and it might even save our country.
Jerry K. Sammons
In response to Address the wealth gap or face election consequences later (Dec. 6 Forum) and subsequent letters:
Use your talents, earning ability to narrow that wealth gap
What one person considers fair depends upon which slope of the bell-shaped curve they happen to reside.
Wealth cannot be distributed unless it is confiscated. It is, and must be, earned. Any apparent existence or increase in the gap does not come from unequal distribution, but from better usage by someone of the ability to earn and to apply ones talents.
William J. Wortman Jr.
Votes against abortion, birth control raise costs for all of us
Republican/tea party voices adamantly claim that they do not want their tax money to support poor people.
Perversely, these same people have spent the past 30 years legislating against birth control and abortion. By making it more difficult and cutting off public funding for abortion, they are directly involved in inflating taxpayer costs.
From the Guttmacher Institute: In 2006, of the 2 million publicly funded births, 51 percent resulted from unintended pregnancies, accounting for $11.1 billion in costs. While they wont list the savings from abortion, you can take a guess, and its a big, billion dollar number.
If you dont want to pay for poor people, then support family planning, birth control, abortion and education.
If you cant stomach that, then pay your taxes and shut up because your votes against abortion and birth control have raised the tax bill for all of us.
To minimize ripple effect on economy, cut defense spending
The product of defense spending is not useful for helping the economy. A tank or fighter jet does not help the economy, even though it may be protecting the country from invasion.
On the other hand, producing a tractor gives us a product that can be used to build roads, etc., thus producing an economic ripple effect. Health care and education can also be shown to have large ripple effects.
So why is defense spending a sacred cow? This country already spends substantially more than other countries. A 10 percent cut still leaves 90 percent.
In response to UNC should follow Notre Dame model (Dec. 5 Editorial):
Stop picking on N.C.s flagship university; plenty to be proud of
The writer is a UNC Chapel Hill graduate.
Im fed up with the endless negative articles produced by The Observer and the (Raleigh) News & Observer over the past two-plus years. Many merely restate old information in an effort to keep the story going.
The Observers latest editorial, comparing us with Notre Dame, makes no sense as all colleges fall below Notre Dame this year.
Why not point out that N.C. State University and East Carolina University and still others fall well below that standard, rather than picking on Carolina once again?
Weve done more right than wrong over the years and have plenty of academic All Americans Tyler Zeller, Scott Goodwin and others to prove it. We also have had 48 Rhodes Scholars among our graduates.
How about exercising a little fairness for a change?
In response to Did Costas overstep his bounds with gun comments? (Dec. 6) and related articles:
Costas shouldnt have thrown political football into the mix
The swift and mounting criticism of Bob Costas comments were not so much for what he said, but for where and why he said it there.
Many conservatives were outraged that the reach of the ultra-liberal NBC culture had spilled over into their sports programming, and now suddenly the congenial and respected Bob Costas had become an unexpected mouthpiece.
It was an awkward moment that interrupted the mindless pleasure of watching football.
Havent laughed at Doonesbury for years, move it from comics
Its time past time to move Doonesbury to the editorial pages.
He has not been funny in four years. I see no possibility of improvement in my lifetime.
A comic strip with no funny is like pimento cheese without pimento, ham and eggs without eggs and an attempt at humor without humor.
John W. Kiser Jr.
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