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Make it stop

February 24, 2013

When will the insanity stop? 1. We have in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania a Governor who has severely cut aid to education in the last several years....

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CaymanJim

Feb-24-13 1:58 AM

STOP!!!??? It will never, ever stop or be reversed. It's insane, useless and hopeless to think it will. It sure as h*ll won't happen in your lifetime or mine, thanks to the lowlife morons who infest Capitol Hill.This country is circling the drain and taking all of us with it. Won't be long until we join the other Third World countries. GOD HELP US!!!

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andy33

Feb-24-13 2:50 AM

State funding for schools was lowered due to federal funding cuts....what do you expect to happen when you become over dependent on the feds....hang on...it will get worse....

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USABorn

Feb-24-13 3:31 AM

Andy, you are right. Between the fed dollars being dropped and the dems (Rendell and cronies) having PA in between a rock and a hard place, what else can be done? Maybe PA should start borrowing from China so the liberals will be satisfied and shut their big mouths for awhile. I say awhile, because the borrowing can't go on forever.

The question is, do you want to keep on with the idiotic spending, or are you willing to do something about the debt for the sake of future generations? Or is it you just don't give a d--- as long as you are getting what you want NOW?

How long will public retirees (state and local) have any income/benefits at all if the state goes belly up?

It's time to cut the size of the state legislature by at least 1/3, cut state employees by at least 10% (thru attrition perhaps), that all new employees from local to state level have 401K accounts rather then the retirements now given out, and they should be paying more for their benefits.

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USABorn

Feb-24-13 3:33 AM

And most importantly, QUIT ELECTING LIBERAL IDIOTS!!!! They (including their leader Obama) are destroying the country.

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Tgrammiex4

Feb-24-13 3:43 AM

Until Full-Time livable wage jobs are created here nothing will change.More jobs widen the tax base and reduce the welfare/unemployment/SSI roles.Obamacare is stifling job creation.Full time jobs are being eliminated or cut to part time to avoid having to provide ins.to employees.No one is starting new businesses because the cost of insurance can be a dealbreaker. The Gov't is good at putting out manipulated numbers on jobs created monthly but look at how many companies just in this area have folded lately.

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mikekerstetter

Feb-24-13 4:17 AM

andy33-"State funding for schools was lowered due to federal funding cuts....what do you expect to happen when you become over dependent on the feds....hang on...it will get worse"

Andy, I've said all along that our money is better spent when the local people spending it are the ones collecting the taxes. They aren't held accountable when it comes to the money they spend from state and federal tax money.

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mikekerstetter

Feb-24-13 4:39 AM

Re health care, it's my belief that the cost of health care and health insurance have a negative effect on our economy in two ways. I think the biggest impact is that workers have less money to spend because of insurance premiums, co-pays, deductibles and/or health care costs if they have no or inadequate insurance. It also impacts businesses; a) because of the cost of paying for health insurance for their employees or b) in turnover for those who offer no insurance to employees because they quickly leave for jobs which do. It's that belief that is partly responsible for advocating for a single payer or national health care system.

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CarlHiller

Feb-24-13 6:55 AM

Tgrammiex4 - Right on the button. Until we stop giving tax breaks to corporations to shift production to slave nations we will continue to have an escalation in lower wages and and greater debt at all levels of government. This is just the tip of the iceberg, Republicans voted eleven times to: Protect tax breaks for corporations that ship American jobs overseas. Protect off-shore tax havens for corporations and the wealthiest Americans. Protect tax loopholes for CEOs’ deferred compensation paid by off-shore companies, foreign tax haven corporations dodging U.S. taxes, and Americans who renounce their citizenship. Voted to protect tax shelters for corporations relocating overseas to avoid paying taxes. Voted to protect government contracts for these corps. Though I am a registered Republican, at least for now, this is the stuff that has caused much of the problem today. This is only some of the explanation Dems have been complicit in the destruction of the middle - class also.

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Bufftrev1

Feb-24-13 7:18 AM

Well said, carl..

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enigma

Feb-24-13 7:36 AM

When will it Stop?

That's what I was wondering while I was reading this letter. Every point contains errors about some very important aspect of the issue. It's hard to take someone seriously when he can't get even the basic facts straight.

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eriklatranyi

Feb-24-13 7:50 AM

1) I didn't know the purpose of education spending was to keep hiring teachers as they graduate from college.

2) Chicago also has the most severe gun control laws. Regardless, Chicago also has over 10,000 violent assaults per year...that makes the potential for 10,000 deaths. Nations such as Britain have few firearms, but far higher crime rates.

3) Oil companies do not control the price of oil. The price is set by the market. But, if it makes you feel better, our refineries are gearing up to process domestic oil (North Dakota and Tar Sands) which cost less to purchase and make us less dependent on foreign oil.

4) No, everyone does not have to buy health insurance. If your income is below a threshold, health insurance will be given to you. Of course, you have the option of paying a small penalty if you do not buy health insurance. Since you cannot be denied, you do not have to buy a policy until you in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

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CMReeder

Feb-24-13 8:39 AM

When will it stop? It won't until the people are finally fed up with being crushed by the rich and powerful and realize that there is no American Dream any more.

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gavinf56

Feb-24-13 8:44 AM

I, along with nearly everyone I know live the dream everyday, and none of us are rich or powerful.

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Bufftrev1

Feb-24-13 9:00 AM

Hi gavin, I agree with your comment below.. but I also see and agree with Charles's point as well..

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max4ever

Feb-24-13 9:03 AM

Excellent letter! Everyone posting about cutting "perks" for government employees is correct. I could never figure out why they get to retire in their mid fifties and the rest of us are expected to work until we are 70!! What makes them so special? Until the citizens of this nation stand up and say "enough is enough" the pork and reckless spending of our tax dollars will continue. Most elected officials are a joke. The lavish spending from the top down needs to be addressed and those responsible need to be held accountable. Let's start with the 20 million the Obama's have spent just on vacations to Hawaii! I don't begrudge him vacation, but 20 million in 4 years just to Hawaii!! He pretends he is an advocate for the middle class, while he continues to steal from us, our children and grandchildren. CaymanJim is correct--won't be long until we join the other Third World countries.

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gavinf56

Feb-24-13 9:03 AM

Well then Bufftrev1, it is on Charles comment that we will have to disagree then.

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Premier

Feb-24-13 9:51 AM

Would I be asking to much for Mr. Reeder to share with us his idea of the "American Dream"?

I'm sure it differs 100% from my interpretation because I won't be relying on anyone but myself to obtain it.

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Premier

Feb-24-13 9:54 AM

The "American Dream" at one time was to purchase a home. I guess now it means that someone else should purchase it for you.

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CMReeder

Feb-24-13 9:56 AM

"I, along with nearly everyone I know live the dream everyday, and none of us are rich or powerful."

Where did I imply that being rich and powerful is the American Dream?

You have the rise of the Tea Party from the right and the rise of Occupy Wall Street from the left both were reactions to the consequences of the economic system. They are seeing their American Dream being diminished. Basic wages can not cover basic needs, more members of the family have to work in order to survive. Their children attend college to help achieve the American Dream and graduating with deep debt before landing a job that will pay off the debt and contribute to society. Inequality is not the American dream.

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CMReeder

Feb-24-13 10:03 AM

I see Premier that you are going to be crass and unwilling to discuss anything by the tenor of your posts.

Part of the American Dream is the ability to own a home. The American Dream is to work at wage that you can buy a home. The American Dream is not to go so deep into debt that you line the pockets of others and then have that dream yanked from you along with your job. The American Dream is that your children will have it better than you did not worse and less.

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Premier

Feb-24-13 10:54 AM

Well Mr. Reeder how about this. There are no guarantees in this world except death and taxes. Home ownership is at an all time high and with that comes responsibilities. Now if you or I purchased a home without understanding the full structure of that purchase along with the repayment schedule then we only have ourselves to blame.

It is not up to the banks to find us a job, it's not the taxpayers responsability, it's ours.

And then you go on to say you want our children to have it better than we did but you advocate for all things that will ensure that never happens. A strong country begins with a strong foundation and being 17 trillion and more in debt is cripling us. If we were debt free Mr.Reeder our dollar would go twice as far making that "American Dream" more plausible.

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gavinf56

Feb-24-13 11:08 AM

Part of the American Dream is the ability to own a home. The American Dream is to work at wage that you can buy a home. The "American Dream is not to go so deep into debt that you line the pockets of others and then have that dream yanked from you along with your job. The American Dream is that your children will have it better than you did not worse and less." - CMReeder

...and once again, I and everyone I know live it every day. Just because you have failed does not mean that it is no longer attainable.

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Tgrammiex4

Feb-24-13 11:19 AM

This reccession went far beyond those that bought more house than they could afford.Many bought within thier means and never dreamed after working for a company 15-20 years that they would find themselves unemployed. When your income drops 40% it is tough.It's also tough to find a new job when you are over 45-50. Experience doesn't count so much anymore, the bottom line is who will work for the lowest wages.I'm glad you all have not had to deal with job loss, but alot of people have.

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gavinf56

Feb-24-13 11:33 AM

Dealt with it 3 times, even changing careers and starting back at the bottom.

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CMReeder

Feb-24-13 11:45 AM

Then Premier there is no American Dream, you just killed it.

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