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Dear Mr. President

March 16, 2013

We, the People, owe you an apology. We were sure that raising taxes would destroy the economy. We were wron....

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wwhickok

Mar-18-13 8:43 AM

I'm a little curious if the author is being serious or sarcastic.

Secondly...236,000 jobs? OMG that's amazing! /sarcasm. While I'd agree that you have to start somewhere, do you realize how many people there are in the United States? That not even a dent to the # of people unemployed. I'd love to know who makes these Unemployment statistics because frankly, I think they're very inaccurate. I also don't much care what is going on with the stock market because the increase in taxes pretty much balances out any increase in stocks. The burden on increased taxes is crushing the hopes of American citizens that relief will come any time in the near future.

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rick424

Mar-16-13 9:34 PM

Apparently the news is reported to pander to the folks in the area of the news. We certainly would not want to report the good things Obama does in this area because very few would read it let alone believe it. Same with the gas industry. Right now all the people can see are the good things, although, contrary to what some would want you to believe, the tables are turning. Look at the reaction five years ago when they first knocked on people's doors and basically ripped off land owners with low leases. People got smart, of course on their own. And yes, Punxsutawney Phil needs to be impeached.

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JerryfromRI

Mar-16-13 8:56 PM

@rick424

Are you suggesting that the news should be reported, or not reported, in such a way so that the audience draws a predetermined conclusion?

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cheyenne

Mar-16-13 8:23 PM

Punxsutawney Phil needs to be impeached!!!

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rick424

Mar-16-13 7:23 PM

They want to keep us informed on how safe it is and how much of a benefit it is to the area. So yea, I guess you are right, they do want to keep us informed.

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JerryfromRI

Mar-16-13 6:49 PM

@rick424

I would think the SG would want its readers to be as informed as possible.

Do you disagree Rick?

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BornHere

Mar-16-13 6:46 PM

Now I know who Ole Jerr is, sometimes it's hard keeping up with Bobbie!

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rick424

Mar-16-13 6:22 PM

Gee Ole Jerr (I do like that) I wonder why the SG did not report it. Or the many other things that happen with the gas industry. I guess they are waiting to report all the jobs they brought.

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BornHere

Mar-16-13 5:52 PM

I was wondering the same thing Jerry since it was all over the news about the families being evacuated.

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JerryfromRI

Mar-16-13 5:37 PM

I wonder why the SG didn't report the drilling accident in Wyoming County yesterday.

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JerryfromRI

Mar-16-13 5:34 PM

@gavinf56

I don't support the DOMA, for the record.

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JerryfromRI

Mar-16-13 5:32 PM

@gavinf56

You'd be correct to fault the President for not enforcing current law.

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gavinf56

Mar-16-13 5:23 PM

"...the President enforces it." - JerryfromRI

DOMA?

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JerryfromRI

Mar-16-13 5:21 PM

This letter should have been addressed "Dear Congress". The Congress makes the law, the President enforces it.

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Bufftrev1

Mar-16-13 4:43 PM

Well, cuss me for a Kiowa, enigma, it appears we do agree on something! Is today April 1st?? Have I somehow entered bizarro world, where everything is backward? I must be asleep and dreaming..

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Premier

Mar-16-13 4:28 PM

Erik, even with a flat tax there still has to be deductions or every small business would be gone.

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enigma

Mar-16-13 3:56 PM

Buff, You might be surprised that I agree with you that corporations should not be able to escape paying taxes if they are profitable. The tax code is far too complex and few in Washington show any sign of wanting to change that. One of the big problems is tax credits for things like green energy. That is one of the main reasons that GE paid no taxes even though they had huge profits. I believe you would call it corporate welfare. There are many other credits and deductions that are mostly politically motivated, and politicians on both side are taking money from corporate lobbyists to keep it that way, but since corporations don't vote, we have the final say and if enough people would demand a fair tax system which eliminates credits and deductions, we would get it.

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eriklatranyi

Mar-16-13 3:47 PM

Buff:

Corporations employ tax professionals.

Yup. That's why conservatives support the flat tax, no deductions.

Make it simple, transparent and nearly impossible to cheat.

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enigma

Mar-16-13 3:46 PM

Spike2,"Manufacturing, in my opinion, will never come back as we knew it, be it automation or simply moving to wherever the workforce is the cheapest."

Companies that move from the U.S. are not looking for the cheapest labor, because cheaper is not always better. In fact most companies would prefer U.S. workers even at the higher price because they are more porductive and work better with the automation. The problem is the cost of doing business in this country. Corporate taxes and the cost of regulation is forcing manufacturing out of this country. Not only do we have the highest corporate income taxes in the world, but we tax assets. Then we pile on loads of regulations,each of which costs money to comply, and some are so burdensome that compliance is nearly impossible. That's the cost that has driven manufacturing away, not labor. Even union demands play less a roll than government.

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eriklatranyi

Mar-16-13 3:46 PM

Buff:

What do corporations do with their profits?

They expand operations and hire more people.

They pay dividends to shareholders that are frequently just working-class Americas with 401Ks.

They are charitable in their communities.

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Bufftrev1

Mar-16-13 2:40 PM

Yeah buddy.. enjoy your Saturday

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gavinf56

Mar-16-13 1:59 PM

Well then, we just see it differently. I know, that is hard to believe. ;-)

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Bufftrev1

Mar-16-13 1:55 PM

Difficult to believe, gavin.. corporations generally have the resources to employ tax professionals whose sole purpose is to lessen the companies tax burden. Poor people do not. Corporations also have much more of an influence on crafting the favorable tax law in the first place via political contributions. Poor people do not. That's the way I see it..

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spike2

Mar-16-13 1:30 PM

Enigma -"Now don't get me wrong,I'm not for letting people starve, but we have become so generous that many people would rather live on handouts rather than work. I'm just saying that we need to get the freeloader into the workforce." I know of more than a few "freeloaders" with work history, albeit unskilled and some semi-skilled, who would love to apply on Monday. Where? Manufacturing, in my opinion, will never come back as we knew it, be it automation or simply moving to wherever the workforce is the cheapest. These people would like a decent roof over their head, a used car and to buy groceries and personal items. The assumption that those on Food Stamps or a few hundred dollars per month and are happily settling is unfair. Just as their are crooked CEO's, rich abusing tax shelters and so forth, their are also many unemployed or underemployed. who would like to obtain a job or better job on Monday. Tell me, where they should apply.

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gavinf56

Mar-16-13 1:28 PM

You know Buff, those corporations pay "every applicable tax" but one also.

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