Higher taxes alone will not balance the budget
If anyone thinks the $60 billion dollar per year tax increase on people earning over $450,000 per year is all the tax increase needed, keep in mind the Bush tax cuts amounted to $300 billion per year. The $60 billion is just 20 percent of what is needed to even start to rebalance revenue with expenditures. Additionally, we need about $3 trillion more dollars to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Something must be done when millionaires like Romney have to not claim all the millions he gives to the Mormon Church each year to get to an effective tax rate of 14 percent. If he had claimed all his deductions in 2010, his tax rate would have been around 10 percent. Let there be no doubt why he refused to release his tax returns for the years prior to the start of his campaign for president.
Much of our federal tax code could be eliminated if we simply passed a law requiring a minimum combined federal tax rate of 30 percent for corporations and individuals in the top tax bracket. It would be a true fair tax.
However, taxing the wealthiest will not balance the budget. Spending on Medicare and Medicaid is what is terribly out of balance. I believe taxes supporting these two programs must be raised. It really does not matter if the increase is in payroll taxes or a national sales tax, these programs are here to stay. We older taxpayers cannot expect to pay a little over a hundred dollars per month for Medicare parts A and B and ask everyone else to pay more.
Republicans must agree to close tax loopholes for corporations and the wealthy. Democrats must agree to modify Medicare and Medicaid by vigorously prosecuting fraud and increasing premium for Medicare recipients who can afford the increase. The success of Medicare is its greatest enemy. By extending and improving life, the cost has skyrocketed.
Those who wish to privatize Medicare have a short memory. We tried that with PPO’s and HMO’s, but they increased the cost of Medicare by 17 percent. That 17 percent savings with the elimination of Medicare Advantage Plans is what is paying for most of the health insurance for the 40 million Americans that have no medical insurance. That money is obligated and cannot be used for any other programs.
If we seniors want to keep our Medicare and Medicaid life-extending benefits, we must start paying for this great insurance.
Dennis Tilly, Weatherford
Well here we go again, it is time to take a Holy Day and turn in into to a holiday or, more precisely, a sales event.
All the stores in the country will be having Easter sales. It will be time to go out and buy that new dress or suit for Easter. Stores like Walmart and Target will convert a whole aisle to the sale of Easter candy. Easter baskets full of eggs and chocolate bunnies will fly off the shelves faster than you can say hippity hop. Easter egg hunts will occur all over the country, except at the White House, where the budget cuts simply will not allow such a costly event to happen.
There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding what Easter is all about. Most people understand that Easter Sunday has something to do with the resurrection of Jesus, but are confused as to how the resurrection is related to Easter eggs and the Easter bunny.
Biblically speaking there is absolutely no connection between the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the common modern traditions related to the secular celebration Easter Sunday. Essentially, what occurred is that in order to make Christianity more attractive to non-Christians, the ancient Roman Catholic Church mixed the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection with celebrations that involved spring fertility rituals. These rituals are the source of the egg and bunny traditions we see today.
Jesus said in Mark 7:13 that the traditions of men nullify the Word of God. While it is appropriate for Jesus’ resurrection to be celebrated on a Sunday, the day on which Jesus’ resurrection is celebrated should not be referred to as Easter. Easter was a pagan holiday celebration of spring.
As a result, many Christians feel strongly that the day on which we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection should not be referred to as “Easter Sunday.” Rather, something like “Resurrection Sunday” would be far more appropriate and biblical.
For the Christian, it is unthinkable that we would allow the silliness of Easter eggs and the Easter bunny to be the focus of the day instead of Jesus’ resurrection. The fact is that Jesus was resurrected from the dead, and that His resurrection guarantees us an eternal home in Heaven by receiving Jesus as our Savior. If you are not sure what salvation or being saved is all about, please call 1-800-Need Him.
David Nowak, Weatherford