For the people

I believe the first and most important responsibility of government is to keep us safe. I believe the second-most important responsibility of government is to do for us what we cannot do alone – building and maintaining roads, schools and universities, hospitals and medical research facilities, libraries and other repositories of public knowledge, prisons and rehabilitation centers, etc. and funding those institutions of our society upon which we depend, like Social Security, Medicare, and services for the poor.

The government has run a deficit for many, many years and we are facing a deficit that many of us believe must quickly be dealt with.

The last time anything substantive was done about it, President Clinton was in office. Under Clinton, the government actually ran a surplus and the deficit declined, but only just a bit. President GW Bush ended the Clinton-era tax structure, setting the nation back on course to run “in the red” again.

Congress is considering proposals put forward by one party only, basically because one party is in control of the House, Senate, and presidency.

I say that it is time for all of us to decide what we want from government and how to pay for it. Congress should sit down like the adults they profess to be and decide what to do about the deficit; how the nation will defend itself; and what things We, The People can expect to receive in the way of resources and services from the government, a government We, The People are in charge of. If that means that taxes go up, taxes will have to go up. The final proposal should be a product of everyone, not just one party.

Stanley Gould

Williamsport

Submitted by Virtual Newsroom

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