The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 8, 2013

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— Now not the time for gov’t to cut spending

The Republican and tea parties are all over the airwaves telling the American people that “the U.S. doesn’t have a revenue problem. It has a spending problem.”

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The last thing the government wants to do is cut spending when you have high unemployment and the country is in a depression.

You increase spending, raise taxes and use the revenue to create decent, union-wage-paying jobs by building or repairing bridges, roads, schools, hospitals and anything else that will improve our aging infrastructure and put people back to work. When people are working, they have money to spend and that is good for business and the economy. They will also pay federal, state and local income taxes. It is a win-win situation for everyone.

President Obama wants to raise the minimum wage to $9 per hour. But Speaker of the House John Boehner, whose annual salary is $224,500 plus perks, claims to be a compassionate conservative. He said he will not bring a minimum-wage increase up for a vote. Even though it was reported that a single parent with one child working full time – 40 hours per week – at minimum wage makes $14,500 per year. In other words, he or she is living below the poverty line.

In the 2014 mid-term elections, go to the polls, vote the Republicans out, and dump the tea overboard.

Make the tea party walk the plank.

Ralph A. Swank


End campaigning, stop the runaway spending

President Obama refuses to take responsibility for anything. Sequestration, which went into effect on March 1, was characterized by him as a reduction in government expenses, when in fact it is a reduction in the already-authorized increases in expenses. In other words, for example, if the expenses were scheduled to increase 7 percent, they would only increase by 5 percent because of sequestration.

Obama was the one who came up with the sequestration plan and went around the country blaming Congress. This was an untruth exposed by Bob Woodward, the respected journalist who exposed Watergate during the Nixon administration.

Obama now calls the plan “dumb,” which makes you wonder about the person who originated it.

Prior to the March 1 deadline, he traveled around the country orchestrating dire consequences if sequestration were enacted.

It is about time he stopped campaigning, returned to Washington and actually sat down with Congress to try to come up with solutions to stop the runaway overspending by the federal government.

His solution is to raise taxes again, which he already did on Jan. 1 for high-income wage earners and 2 percent for all wage earners when he allowed the payroll tax reduction to expire. We should remember that Obamacare was passed because it was classified as a tax, so we can all look forward to the time when it is fully enacted.

Richard Mezyk

Upper Yoder Township

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