We cut, they spend

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

I have read the let­ters rail­ing against what our leg­is­la­tors are try­ing to ac­com­plish by rein­ing in the bud­get. Will we turn into an­other Greece or Wis­con­sin where ev­ery­one takes to the streets to protest the cut­ting of ser­vices? If the Pen­tagon must con­sider a 10 per­cent cut to the men and women who are daily fight­ing to pro­tect us, do we have the right to say our needs are above theirs?

Many of us have had fi­nan­cial losses. When our in­come is cut, we do not go out and spend more. Why, then, does the gov­ern­ment think it’s right to con­tinue spend­ing money it doesn’t have. We can­not con­tinue our life­style of en­ti­tle­ments, and not ex­pect those to be cut as well.

For those who think that ex­tend­ing the Bush tax rates has only shown fa­voritism to the wealthy, look at your port­fo­lios. If you have worked hard and tried to ac­cu­mu­late sav­ings for your re­tire­ment, you too will be tak­ing a hit when taxes are raised and you need to with­draw money. You don’t have to be wealthy to suf­fer in the stock mar­ket. Your 401K and 403 re­tire­ment ac­counts are in­vested in the mar­ket. Rais­ing taxes on cap­i­tal gains will erode your sav­ings.

The In­te­rior Sec­re­tary is get­ting a raise. Fed­eral em­ploy­ees were sup­posed to be un­der a two-year pay freeze. I am tired of be­ing lied to, and told that we all have to suf­fer and do with less. When Congress leads the way, we’ll fol­low. Stephanie Emery Clem­mons, North Carolina

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