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What Price 'Fairness'?

Ed52 Wrote: Nov 20, 2012 9:59 AM
On the expense side - Why does running the federal gov cost over 12,000 per person? And that's just for the known, published budget. If budgets were presented in understandable ways instead of relying on the innumeracy of the people to not understand what a trillion means, there would be alot more questioning and complaints about the worthiness of expenditures. Nationwide a billion is about 3.24 per person; a trillion is 3,240 or almost 13K for a family of four.
RHSimard Wrote: Nov 20, 2012 10:37 AM
As a flight of fancy, I imagined a little race: at a certain instant, a laser is switched on, and from that moment, a dollar bill is placed on a table every time that beam of light travels one more mile. That's the speed of light I'm talking about here, damn fast.

How long before that table would contain the amount of our national debt? Ready?

Just four months short of three years!
Realistic Republicans understand that President Obama and the Democrats head into fiscal cliff negotiations in a far stronger bargaining position now than in 2011. When voters were asked on Nov. 6 whether they favored raising taxes to reduce the deficit, a total of 60 percent said yes (47 percent favored increasing taxes for those who earn $250,000 or more, and 13 percent approved tax increases for all).

So taxes will be going up. As a matter of political strategy -- not to say survival -- Republicans will have to agree to raise taxes on those defined as rich. It's...