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  •  The tax cuts for the bottom $250,000 (1+ / 0-)
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    shouldn't be permanent; they should be temporary until the economy recovers. Tax rates are at historic lows for all income levels.

    I don't know why Democrats have jumped on the Republican bandwagon on this. We don't want to drown government in the bathtub; we don't need middle class taxes to be permanently maintained at all-time lows. We can't raise enough revenues from the rich to meet all our needs.

    Social Security benefits need to be raised, not lowered. With the demise of pensions and the failure of 401ks, Social Security needs to provide enough for people to exist on. If we need to raise the rates to accomplish this, then so be it - in addition to raising the cap.

    With the aging of the boomer generation, we are going to have to accept spending more money on health care. I'm not clear on why that's a problem - it's an industry like any other, it provides a lot of jobs at all levels, and it generates technological advances that benefit society. Why should we care if it becomes a larger portion of the economy than it used to be? We allowed the parasitic financial sector to eat up a bigger and bigger portion of the economy without anyone trying to stop it. Do we need to contain the health care industry so that we have more money to spend on lawn fertilizer and video games? Someone explain this to me, please.

    Cutting Medicare costs accomplishes nothing unless it reduces the country's total health care bill. We know this is possible without cutting care or dumping more costs on patients, because the rest of the world does it.

    We decided to move the center farther to the right by starting the whole debate from a far-right position to begin with. - Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

    by denise b on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 01:00:59 PM PST

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