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Taxes? Who needs taxes?

Much for readers to discuss today:

  • Is the Tea Party really about to take over America because of Christine O'Donnell's primary win in Delaware?

  • D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, a dead man walking for several weeks, has been tossed.

  • Columnist Kathleen Parker attacks the latest nonsense -- and a continuing theme of some reader comments -- that President Obama is a Kenyan anti-colonialist who hates us.
  • So we're going to go with something else: a reader debate on a Senate Republican plan to let the Bush tax cuts go on forever, apparently along with an ever-increasing deficit, as outlined by Lori Montgomery.

    We'll start with ladodger, who wrote, "The contemporary GOP is a short-sighted, me-first bunch of hacks who are ignoring pressing national needs. Where is their responsibility for paying back the deficit they helped create? Morally vapid, the GOP is a disgrance run on cliches and needs a true leader."

    But screwjob21 said, "Keeping the taxpayers' own money in the taxpayers' own pockets does not raise deficits. Out of control spending by Democrats raises deficits. You will learn the difference in 49 days, on Election Day. See you at the polls, Dims"

    But sullivanjc wrote, "Both parties are wrong. You can't solve the deficit problem by taxing as the Democrats would like to believe. You can't solve the deficit problem by "growing the economy" as the Republicans would like to believe. SPENDING MUST BE CUT - A LOT. Dismantle the nanny state. It's not sustainable. It never will be sustainable."

    And baldinho suggested, "Headline should read: GOP proposes to continue to buy stuff without paying for it. Democrats agree. They will have to get together to work out the details. Same old same old."

    factorygal63 wrote, "I am counting on the Dems to hold strong and let the wealthy pay their fair share like the middle class. They have made that money by outsourcing jobs and pocketing profits. If they want to pay less taxes, then let them use their extra dollars to bring jobs back to America. We work for peanuts now, so put us back to work."

    tagazio wrote, "...how did they decide that $250,000 is wealthy? How can you say the wealthy need to pay their fair share when the percentage is the same across the board? Why is it that Democrats think people don't deserve to keep the money they work hard to earn? Just a few questions I have..."

    dave20144 replied, "Notice what is missing from the Rep's plan, and your silly remark, is a plan to find $4.3 TRILLION in the budget over the next 10 years. As DoD, SS, and Medicare make up the vast majority of the budget, which one of these political third-rails should be cut? The answer the Reps always have is none; let's borrow more from China!"

    Rax359 wrote, "I am for spending cut and raising taxes until we get this debt paid off. I don't trust anyone that wants to pay for thing with tax cuts. In the end it's like paying off credit card debt with another credit card. What we should do is stop using the credit card and get a second job to pay it off..."

    vikra said, "Go ahead, make my year to be remembered as one in which great majority of the middle class was held hostage. Why future generation of the middle class kids should pay the debt caused by giving the tax cuts to the rich? Common sense, if it exists today, would say no."

    dbruce1973 asked, "How can a Republican justify not having the wealthy Americans pay more for the nation's expenses? They claim to want cuts in government spending and that sounds nice. However, do they intend to cut social security, medicare, school funding, veteran's benefits, etc? Where is the cutting to begin?..."

    rappahanock wrote, "Great idea! Corporations not only will continue exporting jobs to China but pay less taxes and US will continue borrowing money from the very China to finance government expenses. Brilliant! This is patriotism. USA. USA. USA..."

    rmk351951 suggested that "Now is the time for President Obama to be really bold and go for a complete tax overall. Cut out all exemption except for house mortage, and have a flat rate tax of 15% for everyone. No exemptions means no exemptions..."

    NJ2MDdude wrote, "What's wrong with asking the wealthy to cough up a measly 4% more (35% to 39%) in federal income taxes? It wasn't long ago when the highest federal income tax rate was 70%. Any middle class person who thinks the 4% increase isn't fair is a sucker."

    paulnolan97 said, "Tax cuts are spending in a world where there is a budget deficit. Its the cool-aid of the deficit builders like Bush. No tax cuts. Not now, not until the government is paid for. You want wars, pay for it. You want a safety net, pay for it. Let the Bush tax cuts expire and veto any effort to extend for anyone."

    We'll close with paulco, who wrote, "It fascinates me that no media, no leading figure, no philosopher or blogger has adequately painted for us the craziness that plagues this country. A circus has been reported as if it were real life. Madness wins."

    All comments on this article are here.

    By Doug Feaver  |  September 15, 2010; 8:50 AM ET
     | Tags: Fenty, O'Donnell, Obama, Spending, Taxes  
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