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December 9, 2012

Readers' Forum 12-9 | Toomey office in Richland advantageous

— A couple of friends and I recently visited the Johnstown office of Sen. Pat Toomey. We were greeted by his local staff person, Loreen. Our interest was to communicate our viewpoints to Toomey through his own staff, rather than calling or writing an email or letter. We talked about the recent election, both on the national level and locally.

Many people seem to have the opinion that our politicians are all crooked and couldn’t care less about their constituents after the election. I firmly believe that is not the case.

Some may care only about themselves and their “careers,” but many, Toomey included, are there because they care and want to make a difference in this great experiment called the United States of America.

It is a unique opportunity for us to be able to visit and voice our concerns right here, close to home. Most Pennsylvania senators have/had offices in only the four corners of the state, making it very difficult for us to have any personal communication. So it is indeed a privilege to have a senator’s office right here in Johnstown.

Mr. Toomey, of course, is one of only 100 people nationwide who have the distinction of holding this responsible position.

If you are concerned with politics, you may want to consider visiting the senator’s  office in the Richland Square 3 complex  at 1397 Eisenhower Blvd.

You can call (814) 266-5970 to make an appointment.

Stephen Dillon

Nicktown

Critical issue federal spending, not revenue

As the “fiscal cliff” looms, let’s look at the facts of the Bush tax cuts. According to IRS data, the richest 1 percent of Americans paid $84 billion more in taxes in 2007 (a 23 percent increase) than in 2000.  Their tax burden actually increased from 37 percent in 2000 to 40 percent in 2007, and the bottom half of taxpayers paid $6 billion less.

The Tax Foundation states that President Bush moved to benefit the modest level married couples by doubling the per- child tax credit to $1,000 and lowering the bottom tax bracket to 10 percent.

The Congressional Budget Office forecasted in 2003 that, as a result of the second round of tax cuts, federal deficits would decrease, and, in fact, in 2007, the federal deficit was $160 billion, and surpluses were increasing. 

Unfortunately, this trend was stopped by the “Great Recession” and the massive Obama administration spending programs.

The Census Bureau has clearly established that “income inequality” was the same at the end of Bush’s presidency as it was when he took office in 2000.

President Obama continues to lament that we can’t afford further tax cuts for the wealthy, which would generate approximately $900 billion over 10 years (enough to fund the government for 3 months), but the CBO clearly illustrates that extending the tax cuts to the middle class would cost the Treasury $3.7 billion in revenues over the same period.

Obama refuses to deal with the crushing federal deficit of more than $16 trillion.

The critical issue is not revenue. It is the uncontrolled and irresponsible federal spending.

Dr. J. Michael Moses

Central City

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