Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu said, over 2 years ago

    I think that LIsa has done a fine bi-partisan rendering here.

  2. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 2 years ago

    If only it were true. The Democratic plan included tax increases and budget cuts to help the deficit, plus some stimulus to get the economy moving (the biggest thing you can do for the deficit), plus tax cuts that are actually good for the economy (the payroll tax cut really boosts demand). The Republican plan is designed to hurt the poor, with no particular help for the economy at all. Tax cuts for the rich, which have never had a measurable economic effect, a tax increase on workers, and dumping health care costs on seniors. One is good policy, the other is bad policy.

  3. TheFinalSolution

    TheFinalSolution said, over 2 years ago

    Both plans are designed to bring Americans into deeper servitude. The republican plan just does it more slowly.

  4. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, over 2 years ago

    @TheFinalSolution

    Paying for the services the government provides and getting the economy going is not servitude.

  5. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, over 2 years ago

    ARodney’s comments are the most reasoned and accurate so far on this thread.

  6. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, over 2 years ago

    If you want jobs you have to get the economy moving.

  7. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, over 2 years ago

    You have to look at the total package.

  8. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, over 2 years ago

    The government will tax a small amount of the capital gains on market increases, which will help the deficit, which is a good thing.

  9. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, over 2 years ago

    Balderdash!

  10. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 2 years ago

    @Gypsy8

    It’s astounding how ignorant you are.

    There are NO tax cuts being proposed for anyone. The tax rates in force today have been in force for 10 years. They ARE the “current” tax rates. If they are returned to the rates of the Clinton era, then you have a tax INCREASE, if they remain the same then you have NO CHANGE. NO ONE gets a “cut” in taxes.

    If you allow the rates to return to the Clinton era then you will net in the area of 85 billion each year (assuming that only the top 2% are include as Obama wants) Obama proposes new deficit spending in the area of 1.6 trillion a year. Think hard. Which number is greater?

    In order to address the DEBT (which is different from the “deficit”) one must quit spending more than taken in. The tax on the “rich” won’t even pay the yearly service on the debt (the interest) which is north of 300 billion a year. While Obama is adamant about increasing the tax rate on the top 2% (which does NOTHING to address either the debt of the deficit) he refuses to address cuts in spending. Now I know entitlements are a sacred cow as is defense depending on the political party but if you do not control spending then you may as well just print money and damn the consequences.

    I suggest language instruction in the Chinese dialect of your choice.

  11. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 2 years ago

    As a business owner, I recognize that jobs are scarce. As a job creator, I would love to make new jobs. I cannot do this unless there is enough demand for my services and/or products to warrant the expense that a new employee will cost me.

    The government can give me as many tax breaks and incentives as it wants, but if no one is walking in the door, I am not making any more jobs. Simple as that.

    How do we get more people in the door? Short-term, the feds need to get to work on this here cliff. People have been told to be frightened for years now; first it was terrorists, and now it’s Obama (who some of you will believe is also a terrorist). It’s worked. Thanks, Mr. Rove. Add the uncertainty of the cliff (“Your taxes are going up $2000. No, $4000. No, $8000. And everyone who has to pay taxes will lose their job”) and people are just staying home.

    If Wal*Mart has to reduce prices on Apple products and gas prices go down (BOTH just a couple weeks before Christmas) you have to know that demand is down.

    If you want to get the economy going again, the “little people” need only one thing, and that’s confidence that things will get better. Acting like children and trying to scare the public at the same time will just exacerbate the problem. And that’s what the federal government has gotten really good at.

  12. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 2 years ago

    @I Play One On TV

    “The government can give me as many tax breaks and incentives as it wants, but if no one is walking in the door, I am not making any more jobs. Simple as that.”
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    Can we get this engraved on a plaque somewhere? Or maybe chiseled onto the gravestone of the obsession with supply-side economics?

  13. 2Goldfish

    2Goldfish said, over 2 years ago

    The simple fact is that the government will spend every dollar that is available to them, no matter how they get it.

  14. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, over 2 years ago

    @Bruce4671

    Jeez Bruce, you’re not usually this surly in the morning. Could you switch to decaf or kick the dog or something before going online?
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    I’m not going to get into a semantical fuzzy math debate going nowhere. Suffice to say the U.S. needs to get its financial house in order or it takes us all over the cliff. On the revenue side, start with higher taxes on the rich, and on the cost side start with less spending on wars, the Pentagon, and 700+ military bases world-wide. But don’t stop there, the problems are big.
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    Your best bit of advice is to take language training in a Chinese dialect. (See, even a blind hog finds the odd acorn!) I know of a very successful man, who has a habit of getting things right, who has established a residence in Singapore and enrolled his children in Mandarin instruction. He thinks the U.S. is doomed and the future is in Asia. He wants his children prepared.

  15. D PB

    D PB said, over 2 years ago

    @Gypsy8

    Gawd, there’s a lot of idiot comments this morning.

    I noticed the person who has posted 8 comments of the 25 listed so far had this to say, kettle meet pot?

    I also noticed that instead of responding to the points that Bruce made and countering with ones of your own, you trotted out the typical liberal meme about “tax the rich” and “wars.” Hardly original . . . .

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