2011 budget cuts not enough

Dear Editor:

“More Americans work for government than in manufacturing, farming, fishing, forestry, mining and utilities combined.”  (The Wall Street Journal, April 1, 2011). No matter how much “good” government employees may be doing, this is an unsustainable burden on people working to pay the taxes supporting this.

Other reports tell us entitlement programs are rapidly going broke and are unsustainable. Yet Democrats in Congress can only find $33 billion to cut from a $3.6 trillion dollar budget, more than one third of which will be deficit spending. The Republicans are only slightly better with $62 billion in proposed cuts.  Most of these “cuts” do not reduce spending. They only decrease the rate of increase in spending that would otherwise automatically occur.

Neither of these budget problems can be solved by higher taxes even if rates doubled. If we are going to survive as a state and country, massive cuts must be made. Much smaller, constitutionally limited governments are our only hope for survival.

 

David Greer

Cambridge

 

  • jon

    The question I have is why are these industries shrinking instead of growing, our population is growing so common sense dictates that demand and production should grow. Our manufacturing employment has shrunk nearly every year since 1980 and given that the Chinese employ slave laborers (Next to nothing wages, no benefits, no environmental controls, etc) and we continue to buy their products in ever increasing numbers, its just a matter of time before we have no manufacturing base. The other industries have been bleeding personnel over the years due to increased productivity (Larger farms, larger fishing boats/larger nets, cheaper to import raw materials, etc). Meanwhile an increased population requires more government services. IE: More roads, more schools, more law enforcement personnel, continued military protection, increased aviation security, etc. I agree the budget needs to be cut but revenues also need to be increased. Hard to believe it was just over a decade ago we had a balanced budget and were making payments on the national debt. The problem started immediately after the huge tax cuts of 2001, a few weeks before Sept 11, 2001. Fighting two wars with no increase in government tax revenue was what started us on our road to ruin and has snowballed out of control for the past ten years. And quite honestly, I don’t think the American populace has the intestinal fortitude to sacrifice personally for the greater good. Corporations demand tax breaks when building new plants (Corporate welfare), new stadiums for billionaires are paid for by tax payers, senior citizens get nearly 100% of their medical bills paid by Medicare/Medicade, gas taxes only pay a fraction of new highway costs, not to mention maintenance costs, and the list is absolutely endless. Metion a tax increase and people flip out, mention cuts to a favored program and people flip out. My solution, increase taxes and cut EVERY government program by 10%. Gotta start somewhere….

    • Russ

      I agree

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