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March 10, 2013

I do not feel like our voices are being heard. Perhaps a letter to the editor would help the White House hear our concern....

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idiottwo

Mar-12-13 6:36 AM

hear us? nobody seemed to listen to the trumpets when the Gov began to over spend at a rate unpresidented. Nobody really listened when our credit rating was lowered. Did anyone listen to the creation of hundreds of new Gov jobs and CZARS? Did we listen to the facts about healthcare costs actually going up, our taxes - going up, medicare and SS going broke? Maybe rather than them hearing us, maybe we should hear them and hold them accountable for what the say and do because up to now, we don't.

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JerryfromRI

Mar-11-13 5:32 PM

"Waste of time and effort! The WHITE HOUSE (and it's occupants) couldn't care less about your concerns."

This reminds me of something Dick Cheney said in an interview about support for the Iraqi war effort.

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CMReeder

Mar-11-13 9:21 AM

"Water too deep"e into an empty pool

Yeah the conservatives/republicans take a high dive into an empty pool. Just like their rhetoric, empty.

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CMReeder

Mar-11-13 9:03 AM

"Someday Chuck, you will grow up and be able to wear big boy pants and have an original thought, until then you may want to stay in the kiddie pool, the water is a little to deep for you here."

Ouch that Hurt! (not)

Like I said republicans are good for absolutely nothing.

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johnnyad3

Mar-11-13 8:42 AM

"Not actually sure whether you would call it an ability, or just plain hate spurring him on."

Always seems to be a lot of "hate" towards our President spurring conservatives/libertarians in our area.

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MrShaman

Mar-11-13 8:09 AM

"Bush spent about $3.3 trillion in his final year. Obama called him unpatriotic and irresponsible for that, then spent at least $3.8 trillion in his first four years." - Ritty77

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HUGE difference!!!

Bush's spending was put on a credit-card.

Are YOU gonna take-over those payments, for The President?? How 'bout (just) the intere$t-payment$? Can you cover THO$E??

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RogerMurdock

Mar-11-13 6:41 AM

When I got to #9 I didn't know whether to gag, laugh or cry. In my opinion this writer is seriously delusional.

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MrShaman

Mar-11-13 6:30 AM

"The GOP negotiated with the Dems and gave them their tax and debt ceiling increases..." - mikekerstetter

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There WERE no tax "increases". It was those TEMPORARY "tax-cuts", on the high-roller$/1%ers, that were allowed to EXPIRE!!

If they were unable to generate any interest, on that loan...who's fault is THAT??!!!

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MrShaman

Mar-11-13 6:22 AM

"Obama wants the sequester to be as painful as possible for political reasons." - mikekerstetter

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This conversation's ALREADY been had!!

Back, when the Bush tax-cuts were (first) proposed, there were PLENTY of people who'd warned about the DEFICITS it would incur...prompting BU$HCO to make them temporary.

You people (who think we can just KEEP putting our debt on the NEXT credit-card) need to grow-up. I thought you WANTED to avoid passing (our) debt to "the children/grandchildren"!!!

You need to make-up your mind. It'd be the ADULT thing to do!

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wwhickok

Mar-11-13 6:19 AM

Francine, I agree with you. I do have an appreciation for the letter. It was well thought out and you made your feelings/opinions very clear. However, there are parts of it I don't agree with.

The 2nd part (foreign aid) I agree with 100% however, not as a reason to not cut federal salaries. Sometimes I worry that the federal employees forget how much less they actually struggle than the rest of us actually trying to make ends me. Honestly, I get that taxes are a burden for the rest of us but there's a big difference between making $15-$20+/hr and making minimum wage or close to it. Even at $15/hr, truth be told, it's hard to make ends meat, when you get closer to $20/hr, if you're struggling perhaps you should take a look at how you're spending your money. Every situation is different so I'm not saying those who make that kind of money don't struggle. But I am saying many who do not, absolutely struggle. I think this letter overlooks that.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Mar-11-13 6:16 AM

I would be interested to see the types of reports that are reviewed with the President and his staff.

Are they organized by department or agency? Do they have some type of code of accounts? Do they compare current trends with some budget number? Do they compare current trends with last years spending? Do they show income and outflow? Are they reviewed monthly? Maybe they just show one bottom line comparison between total actual spent vs. total baseline budget number? Maybe the accountant have found a way to show some "cook" number to the President. Maybe they just provide a green light or red light on a piece of paper or a big thermometer!

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MrShaman

Mar-11-13 6:13 AM

"Ms Kopchinski you are dreaming and/or suffer from extremely poor judgement. The only ability Obama has is in DESTRUCTION of the U.S. and it's Constitution." - USABorn

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What...a new WAR would make you feel better?

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MrShaman

Mar-11-13 6:11 AM

6) "One Nation Under GOD." This nation was founded on the premise of Religious Freedom. Why is it being taken from us?" - Kathy Kopchinski

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Why is WHAT "being taken from us"?????

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USABorn

Mar-11-13 4:26 AM

"I do not feel like our voices are being heard. Perhaps a letter to the editor would help the White House hear our concerns"

Waste of time and effort! The WHITE HOUSE (and it's occupants) couldn't care less about your concerns.

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Ritty77

Mar-10-13 8:45 PM

"...the long and the short of is it is that the Democrats that have slashed spending and the Democrats that have slashed taxes."

Again, spending in every year under Obama has been at least $500 billion more than before he was elected. In 2012, it's a lot more. 2008 outlays were just under $3 trillion; 2012 outlays $3.8 trillion.

There has been no spending reductions, let alone slashing. On the contrary, spending is out of control. How long can it last, who knows? But debts will need to be paid at some point and taxes won't be enough to cover it. Plus higher taxes stifles investment and growth. It's one of them vicious circles.

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gavinf56

Mar-10-13 7:24 PM

Well, that one is pushing it. I would just settle for immigration reform.

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JerryfromRI

Mar-10-13 6:24 PM

They've been saying every morning on Fox and Friends that it is the President's sequester. The case has already been made.

It's like we've slipped into some bizzaro backwards universe.

What next, the GOP advocating the right of labor to organize?

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gavinf56

Mar-10-13 6:05 PM

Good point, but the way Democrats and this administration ran away from it, that's going to be a tough sell.

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JerryfromRI

Mar-10-13 5:31 PM

Well, it is true. Who would have thunk it would be the position of the Democratic party to make 95% of the Bush tax cuts permanent.

And since it is the popular opinion that the Democrats own the Sequester, despite the best efforts of the Whitehouse, the long and the short of is it is that the Democrats that have slashed spending and the Democrats that have slashed taxes.

Amazing huh.

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gavinf56

Mar-10-13 4:55 PM

Now you know I am going to have some fun with that on these boards.

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JerryfromRI

Mar-10-13 4:42 PM

Yup.

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gavinf56

Mar-10-13 4:21 PM

So for all future reference, do we now label them the "Obama Tax Cuts" rather than the "Bush Tax Cuts"?

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JerryfromRI

Mar-10-13 4:03 PM

@gavinf56

The Whitehouse passed the single largest tax cut in US history in January.

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nobud74

Mar-10-13 10:50 AM

The whole numbers game that comes out of DC is BS. Both sides manipulate the numbers to favor their agendas. The biggest driver of growth of the federal govt and our debt has been baseline budgeting, which has been in place since 1974 (I think that is the year.). The automatic spending increases that are mandated by that idiotic budgeting practice can then be massaged so as to tell people they are cutting spending when in reality they are just cutting a small fraction of the original increase. Anyone, liberal or conservative, who cannot or will not understand this insane way of budgeting is just another pawn in our pols' pockets. I hope you enjoy the warm fuzzy feeling of that pocket, because when the bottom falls out for the rest of us, it will for you, too.

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spike2

Mar-10-13 9:26 AM

Please consider the full list of Federal employees. Who should receive a pay cut and who should not? Not all employees are making salaries that exceed the private sector. I think evaluating all the positions would be a better option. Where can the number of employees be decreased, what work (including paperwork) is duplicative? There is more to savings than simply cutting the salary of every employee.

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