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In response to “Term limits would rid us of ‘cockroaches’ in Washington” (Jan. 4 Forum):

To end pork spending, first examine ties to lobbyists

Cockroaches and earmarks can be killed. Perhaps we’re looking for them in the wrong places.

By their own admission our elected representatives don’t have a clue what is in these bills, having to pass them so we all can know what’s in them. Logically then, they could not have written them and left that responsibility to underlings.

Perhaps an examination of lobbyists’ financial relationships to these creative writers will shed more light on the solution to this problem.

Ken Rowsam

Chester, S.C.

Time for Constitution to require balanced budget, term limits

I thought surely my liberal Democrat senator would vote against the recent pork given to fat cat Hollywood film moguls, windmills (GE), race tracks, etc.

I was mistaken.

At least the conservative Republican would vote against the tax increases and pork. Alas, I was disappointed again.

Then I realized they weren’t concerned about the economy, budget deficits or the national debt. It was all about getting re-elected. You don’t get elected by telling people that their government benefits are being cut!

It’s time we looked at amending the Constitution with balanced budget and term limit amendments.

A. Wade Evans

Boone

Way I tabulate it, fiscal cliff haggling was a waste of time

Congress just raised taxes on the top 2 percent of earners, raised capital gains taxes and increased taxes on estates over $5 million. How much additional revenue will it generate? An estimated $60 billion a year.

How much are congressional delegates from New York and New Jersey asking Congress to “give” for Superstorm Sandy repairs? It’s $60 billion.

Guess what, all that fuss and congratulations about avoiding the fiscal cliff by generating all that new revenue was just wiped out. And it’s only early January.

Tell me again how this is helping to reduce the deficit.

Charlie Veronee

Charlotte


In response to “A deal that eased pain, not problems” (Jan. 4 Viewpoint):

Gerson fails to mention savings that could be found in Medicare

In his op-ed piece Michael Gerson notes that the average senior “takes more than twice as much out of Medicare as he or she pays in.”

But there is no mention of the bureaucracy costs of Medicare and its failure to control fraud costs. No mention of the massive cost of free Medicaid, including to illegal immigrants.

Meanwhile, despite paying over $12,000 per year for Medicare and retiree medical insurance for my wife, I am having trouble finding a neurosurgeon who accepts Medicare patients!

If you are going to tell a story Mr. Gerson, tell the whole story.

Nicholas Pasquine

Lancaster, S.C.


In response to “Employees hurt in N.C. continue to look for help” (Dec. 27):

State must do a better job enforcing workers’ comp laws

It’s not fair that North Carolina fails to enforce workers’ compensation laws on over 30,000 companies that are taking work away from legitimate businesses.

The law should be amended to require workers’ comp on every employee in every company, including the owner. It makes no sense that someone with less than three employees is not required to provide coverage.

Many businesses avoid paying all of their payroll taxes and workers’ comp premiums by misclassifying their workers as independent contractors. I would like to see severe penal ties and active enforcement of every business committing tax and workers’ comp fraud.

Homeowners and businesses that hire contractors without workers’ compensation should also face penalties and share in the liability when an uninsured worker is injured.

Howard Etheredge

Charlotte


Those who harp on Obama’s Hawaii trips ignore facts

To all who blast President Obama for his recent trips to Hawaii, here are the facts:

1.) Air Force One costs are constant. The crew and plane are ready 24/7 for whatever the need may be. They’re paid whether the plane flies or not.

2.) Fuel, plus wear and tear, are extra but have been for every previous president.

3.) Obama has traveled less on Air Force One than George W. Bush or Bill Clinton.

These same folks did not complain when Bush took repeated trips to his “Texas White House.” He flew Air Force One 77 times to his ranch. Obama goes to his home state once a year – twice this time thanks to an inept

Congress!

Jeff D. Williams

Charlotte


Set up special tax district to pay for streetcar extension

The homeowners in the suburbs are tired of being over-taxed to pay for the tax-and-spend Democrats’ downtown projects.

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx says his new trolley will increase business revenue and property values in the corridor adjacent to it.

If he really believes that, then why not form a special tax district on the properties and businesses along that corridor?

Let the people who will benefit from the trolley pay for the trolley.

Jim Van Meerten

Charlotte

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