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Just another way for government to rip us off

To the editor:

I just finished reading Monday’s editorial, “A camel and horse,” and there right in the middle of the editorial were two of the worst words ever to enter the English language. Right there at the end of a paragraph about reducing corporate taxes and simplifying the tax code were those two dreaded words, “revenue-neutral.”

Those of us who were alive and smart enough to pay attention to the tax law changes in 1986 remember those dreaded words. Yes, the tax rates were drastically reduced and the code simplified, but most of our individual tax deductions were taken away in the name of being “revenue-neutral.” So what happened after this great change? Tax rates under President Clinton were drastically increased in 1993, but not one deduction was returned to the taxpayers.

Here we go again talking about simplification and closing so-called tax loopholes.

Let’s look at some of the proposed changes. The president and Congress are talking about cutting in half the matching payroll taxes (Social Security and Medicare) for employers. Sounds good, right? Wrong. This will result in both Social Security and Medicare going bankrupt faster.

The government is talking about taking away the deduction for mortgage interest, thus resulting in fewer people buying homes because they might as well rent and let the landlord make all repairs, pay for gardening and pay all of the other expenses of keeping up the property.

The government is talking about taking away the deduction for charitable donations, which means the loss of thousands of jobs and the need to have the government take over these services — and take the money out of our taxes.

I can go on and on, but you get the idea. We will once again be ripped off by our government.

How can Congress and the president pass laws that will reduce spending over the next 10 years when House members are up for election every two years, the Senate changes some seats every two years and the president can change every four years? What will stop future politicians from saying they don’t like the changes?

Before you all jump on the bandwagon, you had better think about the reality of what can and probably will happen with future politicians. Where is the common sense?

Bob Dubin

Las Vegas

Reform ideas

To the editor:

Would someone please pass a law that says there can’t be any campaigning for the presidency until the year of the election? That would mean no campaigns until Jan. 1, 2012.

Watching the news on TV has gotten ridiculous. All these news stations and pundits are trying to outguess each other. Interviews up the kazoo. It’s enough to gag a maggot.

In addition, the two-party system should be abolished, forcing everyone to run as an independent. That way, those elected will be voting for what is good for the country and people rather than their party.

Third, make lobbying illegal, along with companies donating money to prospective congressmen. The greed of Washington is just too much. It’s all about raising enough money so they can get re-elected.

AL IFVERSEN

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz.

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