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Obama's “Victory,” a Simple Plan and Hollywood $$


Dear Mark: In your face, you Charles Krauthammer wannabe. President Obama has won another victory over Republicans and their leader, Grover "no tax" Norquist. Rich people need to pay their fair share, and according to President Obama, this is just the beginning of making the tax system fairer. — Damn Proud Democrat

Dear Proud: Yes, the spin from liberals is that President Obama single-handedly saved the United States from going over the fiscal cliff. Wow, first he saved us from another depression and now the fiscal cliff. Next, he's going to leap a tall building in a single bound.

Yes, President Obama did achieve one of his lifelong liberal ideologue goals of raising taxes on the rich. It's a victory in the sense that he received more votes on a piece of legislation — but is it a victory for American principles? Is it a victory in that Obama can crow about forcibly taking more money from the very citizens he is supposed to lead? Is it a victory that as head of the executive branch he failed to address the true fiscal culprit: runaway government spending?

Liberals are unbelievable, as the president should be embarrassed for his "victory" over the wealthy. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the "fiscal cliff" legislation will add nearly $4 trillion to the federal debt over the next 10 years. It might be a victory in President Obama's circle of liberal comrades, but adding $4 trillion to America's credit card bill is a loss for the country. Sounds more like a victory for China, from whom we'll be borrowing this money. Aloha, Mr. President.

Dear Mark: I've yet to hear a proposal for getting our fiscal house in order by anyone in Congress from either party.

They just tinker around the edges, kicking the can down the road. Here's what needs to be done in my humble opinion.

1. Eliminate baseline budgeting. 2. Freeze spending across the board at present levels, and then reduce the budget 1 percent each year until the budget is balanced. 3. Combine all duplication of services into one agency. 4. Eliminate unnecessary programs. 5. Establish financial incentives for agencies that return unused funds each year. 6. Reward individuals who come up with sound ideas for reducing wasteful spending.

I realize that it will take a Republican House and Senate to get something like this done, along with a large dose of common sense, but one can always hope. - Judson from the Internet

Dear Judson: Politicians are telling us that the fiscal cliff legislation is the first step in a larger plan to solve our budget problems ... yeah when monkeys fly out of my ... well, never mind. Your plan is too clean and simple by Washington standards, as there is no place to hide graft, corruption, earmarks or pork. As far as finding common sense in the Capitol, you stand a better chance of seeing Bigfoot sunbathing on the Potomac with Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi applying the sunscreen.

Dear Mark: Is it true that the fiscal cliff deal included a provision giving Hollywood special tax breaks? — Movie Mike No More

Dear Movie: Unfortunately, you are correct. Hollywood is set to receive over $1.5 billion in subsidies over the next 10 years. Which just so happens to be about the same amount of money Hollywood will contribute to Democrats. Funny how oil companies are demonized as greedy for following the IRS rules concerning the depreciation of equipment, yet Hollywood is considered virtuous for using its tax breaks. Somebody pass me the $10 popcorn, please.

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Sir;... I want to bet you write your own letters...There is no democrat who would not give up on you, and not one who would bother with writing to you... I am no democrat, but I am tenacious... I hate to give up on anyone before they reach room temperature...What ever else you may say about democrats, they do not waste much energy on the reformation of losers...Do you play checkers with your self, too... Its your move... Don't cheat yourself...
Comment: #1
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Fri Jan 4, 2013 2:51 PM
"Mr. Sweeney": Yeah, he plays checkers and chess and whatever with himself, no doubt about that--he needs someone to play with...

I am reminded of that Van Morrison song that goes: "I dreamed we were playing cards in the dark, and you lost, and you lied."
Comment: #2
Posted by: Masako
Fri Jan 4, 2013 6:43 PM
Mark, I like your Q&A style and your reminders of the dangers that lurk around every legislative corner. I would like to think your letters are real, but it actually doesn't matter -- the Q&A style is a refreshing change. Keep it up.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Doug Morelly
Sat Jan 5, 2013 4:23 AM
Yeah Levy. Think about finding some spine in your life.

If you can do that, you can admit the Republican Party is utterly bankrupt. It's like what those twelve step programs preach--in order to make any progress, you have to ADMIT how messed up you are. If you can't confront the truth and reality, you can't change either. Think about it, to the extent you still have any capacity to think.

Only then, can you embrace God, and move forward.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Masako
Sat Jan 5, 2013 7:02 PM
Who would determine what is an "unnecessary program"? Not the people who make money off of it.
The problem of what to do with money "left over" in a government program isn't working; I've worked for a couple of public agencies, and if we had money left over we felt we had to spend it to keep our next year's budget from being cut. In fact, I once had a summer job that led to Christmas vacation work because the supervisor said she'd rather pay me than turn the money back in. That's one problem with public programs: there is no logical connection with the money spent and the economic realities of the activity. During the last campaign, there were screaming accusations against corporations who "fired people." Politicians don't fire people, I guess, whether they actually do the job or not, because it would cut their importance and their budget. That may be one reason for the deficit....
Comment: #5
Posted by: partsmom
Sun Jan 6, 2013 3:58 PM
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