Connie Mack

Political Point of View by Collier Democrats

Balancing the Budget
by Theron Trimble, Chair
Issues Committee
Democratic Executive Committee of Collier County
Connie Mack, Southwest Florida’s Representative in absentia, wrote a guest opinion for the News – Press on April 23 condemning President Obama’s “liberal spending.” More recently there has been a news release indicating that Representative Mack has introduced a bill called the “1% Spending Reduction Act of 2011”. As with everything Representative Mack does, this is a smoke and mirror illusion that should not fool a first grade student, let alone intelligent voters.
Governmental budgets have two sides – income in and services out. At all levels, the reduction of income results in the reduction of services, which is a side that Representative Mack wants covered with smoke. These services include education, military readiness, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, highways, and numerous federal grant supports used to maintain police forces, medical care and libraries. He would have you believe that we can spend less while carefully avoiding indicating the services that would be affected. Possibly he wants to reduce FEMA support to those recently devastated in Alabama or else reduce the pay and equipment of servicemen in Afghanistan. He certainly must have preferred to leave an antiquated bridge serving Marco Island and have left I-75 a parking lot between Naples and Fort Myers.
Where was Mack’s fiscal concern when voting on the Iraqi war effort, which as of May 13 has cost the U. S over $790 billion?
This represents almost twice the amount spent on fighting the real enemy in Afghanistan, just so Bush Jr. could trump Bush Sr. Did this play a role in the deficit? Again smoke to cover up the dubious role we had in attacking a country which played no role in 9/11.
If Representative Mack is truly concerned about balancing the budget and our increased debt, maybe he should consider actually having the wealthy individuals and corporations in this country pay their fair share of taxes, the other side of the budget. Mack and his Republican friends have consistently prevented equitable taxation ever since the Bush years, forcing a well funded budget into the current crisis. Instead, Mack pushes for a smaller, less well funded government which will allow him and his rich contributors to further violate laws and promote developments which lead to further economic crises in the country.
Clearly living on the past glories of his namesake, with no laudable attainments of his own, Mr. Mack wants us all placed in the past position of going to the rich Massa’s to beg for basic needs so that we will be beholden to them and owe them our servitude and gratitude. Instead, why don’t we simply expect them to pay their fair share of taxes, like all the common people, who go unrecognized for their contributions and support of the government’s budget.
Instead of a 1% reduction on spending, how about a 1% increase in taxation for each of the next ten years on those corporations and individuals making more than $250,000 a year. That way we can soon have a balanced budget and maintain the services to which our residents are entitled. That way we won’t have to go hat in hand and beg Massa Mack and his wealthy friends for help. Lets remove the smoke that Mack has created on this side of balancing the budget.

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donkeydrone writes:

The reason this one percent increase a year would never work is the democratic and some republican party members would spend it instead of pay off the debt. This would place us in the same boat again but this time with more tax. If you don't train politicians to curb their spending then you have accompished nothing.

SmartyPantsIndependent writes:

Islandeye, your comments bring to light one of the most serious problems with Republicans: they do not respect facts. The war in Iraq is nearing $1 trillion in costs. Corporations are using loopholes to lower or eliminate their tax bills. Does this not trouble you as a so-called conservative? Also, since March 2010 the private sector has added nearly 3 million jobs, while the public sector has shed nearly 300,000 jobs. Why aren't Republicans jumping for joy? Smaller goverment is the hallmark of your existence right? Learn the facts!

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