Fed­eral stim­u­lus dol­lars save U.S. jobs

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - LETTERS - G. David Dixon, MD Ram Iyer

The de­creases in the ac­ci­dent and in­jury rates as a re­sult of the use of th­ese red-light cam­eras sug­gest one thing to me: The end jus­ti­fies the means (2/21, A1, “Pic­tur­ing safer streets; Fewer crashes — in some cases, far fewer — are oc­cur­ring at most KC in­ter­sec­tions that have red-light cam­eras.”).

Bring on the cam­eras for speed­ers.


Stim­u­lus money has saved jobs in sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions in our area. At a per­sonal level, I am con­tribut­ing a sig­nif­i­cant amount of my salary to­ward the Kansas state and fed­eral tax cof­fers, thanks to the stim­u­lus money that saved my job and I want it to con­tinue un­til the econ­omy turns around.

Are mid­dle-class peo­ple even aware of what the so-called tea par­ties and Repub­li­can naysay­ers have in mind? Do they re­al­ize that we are ac­tu­ally fund­ing the gov­ern­ment-run health care like Medi­care? Do they even know that the so-called zero-deficit bud­get in a down econ­omy may re­quire them to forgo tax de­duc­tions for home own­er­ship?

Watch out. You may get what you are clam­or­ing for. It is not the mid­dle-class that is go­ing to be spared by school bud­get cuts and ze­rod­eficits.

If we want gov­ern­ment out of our health care, we need to do away with Medi­care. Why should hard-work­ing peo­ple sup­port those who need the gov­ern­ment good­ies? There is no bal­anced bud­get un­less Medi­care and So­cial Se­cu­rity are out of the pic­ture. And, I may add, all tax de­duc­tions for home own­er­ship should go away.

Ready for it?


What mis­chief do you sup­pose the Kansas Leg­is­la­ture wants with this “bus on the shoul­der” scheme (2/21, B2, “Buses could travel on

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