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What do you think?

April 05, 2009

Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of edited reader comments will run in The Herald-Mail.

Last week there were three poll questions.

The first question was: Should governmental bodies be adding employees at a time when taxpayers must tighten their belts?

"That depends on your perspective. Does the government exist for the good of the people, or do the people exist for the good of the government? The Founding Fathers had some good stuff to say about that."

"If you want to make money, you have to invest money. Therefore, not only will the unemployment rolls go down, but they will also add to tax coffers."

"America became great because of free enterprise and capitalism. Why are so many anxious to tear that down? Hiring more people to work for the government only further increases our debt."

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"For the past few decades, all government has been growing at an unheard-of rate whether it be state, local or the federal government. Now we have reached a point where there soon will be more working for the different governments than we can collect enough tax to pay for. Then what?

"Government jobs do not create the types of jobs that drive an economy. The government produces nothing to sell or trade, they provide no service for which they are paid and they do not contribute to the national growth. They cost us tax money!"

The second question was: With the April 15 deadline looming, have you filed your income tax returns?

"Already sent mine in and getting about $2,000 back."

"Got my refund a month ago."

"No, I have not filed. I owe very little. Self-employed and hit with the recession."

"No. I wait until the last minute to pay those who waste my tax money on spam to get themselves re-elected and leave me to struggle at making ends meet. Just when I make them meet, they move the ends."

"I certainly hope that all of Congress, the Cabinet and other government officials have done their taxes. And have done them correctly."

The third question was: What would you like the participants of the G-20 Summit to agree upon?

"This is just another opportunity for wealthy politicians to wine, dine and travel at the expense of the real working people. Sort of reminds me of politicians everywhere - they think they are important, but if they only knew what the public thought of them."

"I would like to see the world leaders agree on financial responsibility, but that is not going to happen."

"I voted for military cooperation. We can no longer afford to be Big Brother for the world."

"I really do not think much will be accomplished at this summit, not necessarily sure if there is anything besides an effort to make government less intrusive in our lives that would be beneficial."

"I do vote for a crackdown in tax havens. Just because you're rich does not mean you should be able to hide all your money in various countries."

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