Letters to the editor

Mar. 12, 2013 @ 12:33 PM

No way to run a country

In response to Judy Schlegel’s letter of March 9:  

I know this will fall on deaf ears, but it does bear repeating. It’s not a revenue (insufficient taxes) problem, Judy, it’s a spending problem! We just experienced a banner year of tax revenue pouring into our nation’s coffers – way up and over expectations. It won’t do any good. Why? Because we have a sending problem. Those we send to Washington continue to outspend income. It’s no way to run a business, a railroad or a country. Redundant programs by the hundreds. Knee deep in waste. Let’s get real.

Perhaps the rich can take another tax hit but that will not solve the problem. If all of us took another hit it still won’t solve the problem. If the government taxed us to death it wouldn’t solve the problem. If, as a nation, we continue to overspend and over-borrow with complete abandon we will most assuredly continue on a downward spiral to eventual bankruptcy. It should be obvious, to even the most casual observer, that if you conducted your household spending in the same way our politicians manage our country’s spending you would be long since bankrupt and too soon -- and long -- in jail.   

We need only to look at Europe. It’s like reading an open book on Finance 101. Tax and more tax; tax the rich until they leave the country (France, England, Italy, etc.) and the tax they then pay falls to zero. It’s insane!

Ernie Wendell

Durham

The answer

The question is, what is going on in the world today in our cities.  There is so much killing and fear that seems to be taking over our streets and communities.  Our nation and many of our cities have turned from the Lord God.  The Bible says in Psalms 9:17 “The wicked shall be turned into hell and all the nations that forget God”.  Because of man’s rebellion and sins, we are seeing the wrath of God.  The world says it don’t want or need God in our schools, even some churches are saying the same.

The word of God tells us what is going on in Ezekiel 7:23,” Make a change for the land is full of bloody crimes and the city is full of violence.” Society says, same sex marriage is accepted, but what did the word of God say?  The word of God says it is a sin and man cannot change it.  God does not hate the people, it is their sinful act God hates.  We should not hate the person, but always show the love of God. 

Our nation’s capital and all over this world we need to turn our hearts back to  God and prayer.  God said in II Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by name shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land”.

Tommie Artis

Durham

Looming iceberg

According to Judy Schlegal, America requires immediate tax increases to save the needy. If Republicans would simply give up and let Democrats increase taxes then we could save the nation. What unadulterated hogwash!

I would remind Ms. Schlegal that the world renowned community organizer and economic savant President Barack Obama and her beloved Democrats had complete control of the country's finances for the first two years of his presidency and they could have increased taxes as much as they would have liked at any time. They didn't raise taxes but instead decided to spend money we didn't have on two bloated stimulus packages. Remember all the shovel-ready jobs that didn't materialize?

The logic-challenged Ms. Schlegal would have us believe that jobs were moved overseas due to 10 years of tax cuts for the wealthy. No increase in fees or regulations either? Perhaps Ms. Schlegal would care to explain why a business making more profit here would want to leave the country.

Like most liberals ignorant of how basic economics work the only side Ms. Schlegal focuses on is raising taxes. How about expenditures? Is every penny the government spends spent prudently? Is there not one government job that could be cut? Not one agency that is not producing results? Not one pork barrel project that can wait until the deficit is paid down?

Just keep trusting in President Obama, put those blinders on snugly and keep blaming the Republicans. Ignore that iceberg up ahead.

Jamie Huff

Oxford