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Tax, spend, borrow, build?

November 12, 2013

Republicans accuse Democrats of taxing and spending, but isn’t this what Governor Corbett and the republicans are doing when they propose hiking the gas tax and raising fees for drivers and vehicle......

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mikekerstetter

Nov-12-13 4:00 AM

Personally I think it's a better deal to spend the money that you have than to borrow and pay later. Why, you ask? Look at the Federal Government's financial situation.

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Capricorn1

Nov-12-13 4:14 AM

Or how about auditing PennDOT and seeing how the billions of dollars in the past has been mismanaged and shaking up the management tree. We already have one of the highest gas tax in the nation yet we still have some of the worse roads and bridges. Another example of government throwing more money at a problem in an attempt to solve it.

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gavinf56

Nov-12-13 5:34 AM

Nothing but a "red meat" letter for the base.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Nov-12-13 5:45 AM

Reallocate the existing budget and pay for the roads and bridges out of it. Prioritize the spending.

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eriklatranyi

Nov-12-13 7:02 AM

While Mr. Faust attempts to make this a Republican issue, the fact is that the tax and spending increases are being demanded by Democrats as well.

Too many politicians see no problem with excessive spending because it leads to votes.

I oppose raising gas taxes and I oppose borrowing.

I completely agree with other conservatives that PennDOT should be audited for waste and fraud, we should eliminate prevailing wage, and the entire budget should be re-prioritized to focus in infrastructure.

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leaningright

Nov-12-13 7:08 AM

David, I believe that they (republicans and Democrats) will tax and spend and then still borrow. I believe that both partys will do this also. As taxpayers we need to let them know that we will not accpet more taxes, user fees (taxes). Both partys are guilty of this and we need to stop it in its tracks at the voting booths.

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DavidBross

Nov-12-13 7:29 AM

It is interesting to note that Gov, Corbett and folks like Sen. Yaw excoriated Pres. Obama for suggesting that increasing taxes and spending for infrastructure projects would help the economy. Now it is a good idea to them. Amazing, how people change.

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CMReeder

Nov-12-13 7:58 AM

Oh how the right squirms in their deceit, Republicans refusal to raise taxes causes government to borrow.

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MrShaman

Nov-12-13 8:12 AM

"Personally I think it's a better deal to spend the money that you have than to borrow and pay later." - mikekerstetter

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You KNOW of a bank that loans money to people who've (already) "blown" all their assets???

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MrShaman

Nov-12-13 8:26 AM

"Or how about auditing PennDOT and seeing how the billions of dollars in the past has been mismanaged and shaking up the management tree. We already have one of the highest gas tax in the nation yet we still have some of the worse roads and bridges." - Capricorn1

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...OR, we could swap places, with Ohio, and let THEM deal with the Winter-weather that tracks thru here, off the Great Lakes!!

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MrShaman

Nov-12-13 8:36 AM

"It is interesting to note that Gov, Corbett and folks like Sen. Yaw excoriated Pres. Obama for suggesting that increasing taxes and spending for infrastructure projects would help the economy. Now it is a good idea to them. Amazing, how people change." - DavidBross

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Hey...they can't help it. They're "conservatives"....and, you surely must recognize the stigma (within their community) attached-to agreeing with "those people".

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See:

Rachel Maddow Exposes Republican Hypocrisy For What It Is......BS - YouTube

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Capricorn1

Nov-12-13 8:39 AM

Shaman, there are many states that get much worse weather than we do. I agree that it makes their job more difficult, but it's can't be used as the end all excuse for the conditions of our roads. I know here locally, Grampian Blvd is a state owned road that gets new blacktop every couple of years. Now I wonder why that is?

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Capricorn1

Nov-12-13 8:44 AM

Oh how the right squirms in their deceit, Republicans refusal to raise taxes causes government to borrow. -Reeder

Chuck, personally I don't think they need to borrow or raise taxes. They need to learn to work smarter with the existing revenue they have. Isn't that what we have to do in our everyday lives? Look at the millions of dollars in waste they uncovered in the PA Turnpike Commission.

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leaningright

Nov-12-13 8:52 AM

To me it is not about Democrats or Republicans. Both sides wastes our tax dollars and it has got to stop. Hey Mr Reeder, example, 7 million more tax payer dollars to fix a website that does not work, we pay. How about 655 checks sent to somebody in Russia by the IRS totaling more than a billion dollars? And to think that the

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leaningright

Nov-12-13 8:52 AM

IRS is goin to handle the ACA bank account?

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leaningright

Nov-12-13 8:55 AM

We need to stop printing the cash, get the Gov't out of wall street and industry and let things hit bottom as suggested by Mitt Romney, it is the only path to a true correction thats going to happen, it just is.

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MrShaman

Nov-12-13 9:03 AM

Shaman, there are many states that get much worse weather than we do. I agree that it makes their job more difficult, but it's can't be used as the end all excuse for the conditions of our roads. I know here locally, Grampian Blvd is a state owned road that gets new blacktop every couple of years." - Capricorn1

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I'd have to see proof, of that....that Grampian "gets new blacktop every couple of years."

This is NOT a new phenomenon, though. Over a 21-year period, I'd driven (numerous times) between here, and Denver, and....I ALWAYS knew when I'd crossed the Ohio/PA border. Pennsylvania CONSISTENTLY had the worst (condition) highways; between here & the Rockies.

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MrShaman

Nov-12-13 9:12 AM

Oh how the right squirms in their deceit, Republicans refusal to raise taxes causes government to borrow. -Reeder

Chuck, personally I don't think they need to borrow or raise taxes. They need to learn to work smarter with the existing revenue they have." - Capricorn1

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...And, that EXACT amount would be what??

When are the Governor's "feet, held to the fire", forcing him to SHOW how every penny is spent??

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Capricorn1

Nov-12-13 9:13 AM

I'd have to see proof, of that....that Grampian "gets new blacktop every couple of years." -Shaman

I live off Grampian and I drive it everyday. It's one of the nicest roads in the city.

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Capricorn1

Nov-12-13 9:15 AM

When are the Governor's "feet, held to the fire", forcing him to SHOW how every penny is spent?? -Shaman

I think EVERY level of government should be held accountable for every penny they spent.

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MrShaman

Nov-12-13 9:18 AM

"And to think that the IRS is goin to handle the ACA bank account?" - leaningright

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I can't WAIT to hear you explain who (it was) that'd convinced you the ACA has a bank-account!!!!!

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MrShaman

Nov-12-13 9:22 AM

I'd have to see proof, of that....that Grampian "gets new blacktop every couple of years." -Shaman

I live off Grampian and I drive it everyday. It's one of the nicest roads in the city." - Capricorn1

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...And, proof (past-and-present) of it's paving-schedule, can be viewed WHERE?

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Capricorn1

Nov-12-13 9:28 AM

...And, proof (past-and-present) of it's paving-schedule, can be viewed WHERE? -Shaman

LoL Get a life. I have no reason to lie. Get out from behind your keyboard and go drive it. It is definitely one of the nicest roads within the city. It was just paved this past year after already paving it a couple years ago. The point being, there was absolutely nothing wrong with the road before paving it again, which tells me they need to adjust their priorities.

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theTruthhurts

Nov-12-13 10:13 AM

I agree with those who think weshould hold our government to the same fiscal standard we personally have to live by. Citizens can't print money or borrow more thanthey can afford to pay back so why should our government, at any level, be allowed to. In order to live within one's means we have to make sacrifices and so do organizations like PennDOT. Paying prevailing wages is ridiculous and wasteful, allowing more people on a job than necessary is wasteful, giving bonuses to any government employee is wasteful. When tax payers are flipping the bills, belts need tightened. Higher taxes discourage business growth. Keep taxes where they are or lower then, terminate employees that are not performing or no longer needed. Those that are no longer needed, if they are good workers, will be hired by orivate industry because more jobs will be available be taxes will be lower.

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JohnZook

Nov-12-13 10:15 AM

Who could you get to audit PennDOT fairly? Maybe an organization from another country that can't, or hasn't been corrupted by politicians. Corruption breeds more corruption; if you can find an "honest" org to do it, it won't be honest for long. Sham- is PennDot or Corbett a Teabagger?

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