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Letters to the Editor

August 21, 2010

Reader has plan to reduce deficit and cut taxes



To the editor:

Over the past few months, supporters of the tea party movement have railed against big government and the need for the American citizen to fight to take our country back. Recently, buzz words such as "deficit reduction" and "big government" have been the main focal points of the tea party rhetoric. So I thought about a way to reduce the deficit and cut taxes.

The first portion of my plan would call for all those in the tea party and/or the "anti-big government" movements to call their friends, family members, business associates and acquaintances who have ever received money from the government and have them cut a check back to the government to offset the spending. These returns of funds would include any of those people who receive Social Security, Medicare, Pell Grants, business subsidies, first-time home-buyer credits or anyone who received a paycheck from stimulus funding employment. Go ahead, get out that checkbook and write those checks. If you do that, we can cut the deficit by one-third.

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The second portion of my plan would call for all those who supported two unfunded wars while cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans to send in money, too. I don't have an exact figure on that one, but we can compromise on a number later.

The third portion of my plan would take effect when all you "anti-big government" dependents send in your money, then we can lower taxes because the government won't be sending out money to the tea party people. This will achieve my two goals - reducing the deficit while cutting taxes.

Sounds like a sound economic plan. Unless those who are supportive of the anti-government movement can come up with alternatives to the programs I mentioned above, this might be the drastic plan of action our government needs to implement to suffice our wants.

Liz Shrader
Hagerstown




Public servants are shielded from economic realities of life



To the editor:

With the latest $26 billion of our money being given to teachers and other public servants, I wonder why these groups are worthy of having their votes purchased at so dear a price.

Thousands along the Gulf Coast had their livelihoods taken away by a stupid decision to close all drilling operations because of one accident that has no possible cause/effect relationship.

Why is it that special groups, such as teachers, should be shielded from the economic realities of life? If they had to take pay and benefit cuts, staff reductions and increased workloads like the people whose taxes pay them, states could meet their budgets without bailouts. Our Washington County Commissioners should be making cuts and working a vigorous outsourcing plan by encouraging home schooling and private schooling. We gain greater diversity and lower costs, especially future retirement costs.

Even more unbelievable, in the case of education, is that we keep throwing money at a failed system. Recently, some TV talking heads were lamenting that the U.S. is 14th in college graduates and highest in dropout rates. Kathleen Parker's column in the Aug. 16 edition of The Herald-Mail about an American Council of Trustees and Alumni report has more bad news. In Washington County, we are told that based on some bureaucratic measure, six schools "failed." How come?

A few months ago, we celebrated our superintendent being chosen "best" by other bureaucrats. I don't recall any in-depth analysis of the discrepancy. The source of the "problem" is the public education fiasco itself.

If parents, students, school board and our elected officials are serious, they would not take another education-related action until they read these two books by John Taylor Gatto - "The Weapons of Mass Instruction" and "The Underground History of American Education."

Richard Giovanoni
Hagerstown




Duck needs to get educated on our system of government



To the editor:

In the Aug. 17 Herald-Mail, Andrew Duck, with the help of Patrick Allen, released this statement: "I put my life on the line to defend this democracy called The United States" in reply to U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett's explanation that we are a republic and not a democracy. This is an appallingly stupid statement from one who is running yet again to represent us in Congress.

The United States of America, Mr. Duck, is a representative republic and not a democracy. In a democracy, people hold the power to rule directly. A republic is where people elect representatives who are responsible to them and who govern according to law (Federalist Papers No. 10 and No. 14).

After the Constitutional Convention had finished its work in 1787, a woman asked Benjamin Franklin what kind of government had been decided upon. He replied, "A republic, if you can keep it."

I work for no party, nor am I in the political arena. I am a blue-collar, high school graduate who learned our system of government more than 30 years ago in public school. I am, however, saddened by my realization that this is the exact reason so many people are fed up with the choices given them for elected office.

Perhaps Mr. Duck should learn the system of government he wishes to represent before attempting to denigrate another's patriotism with his usual grandstanding aplomb. This statement alone should net his opponent, J. Casey Clark, the nomination on the Democratic side. If not, it will guarantee Bartlett's re-election to the House of Representatives in the fall.

In closing, I include this quote: "Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide" (John Adams, 1814).

Edward Swiger
Keedysville

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