posted on Sep, 17 2005 @ 03:12 PM
I have an article on this subject and I want to post it all, with no link. So, shoot me. This might get moved to the Katrina forum. If so, sue me.
A Dangerous And Deafening Silence
September 16, 2005
As silence sets in over a Gulf Coast devastated by Hurricane Katrina, it is also setting in among both political parties in Washington. Sure, there is
a lot of finger-pointing from Republicans at Louisiana state officials. And there is chest-thumping from Democrats about our government's slow
response. But that is all pantomime compared to the silence on taxes—the real issue that is not only at the heart of the recent disaster, but at the
heart of many of America's most pressing problems.
Our country spent the '90s building up a projected $5 trillion surplus as a rainy-day fund. But when it came time to prepare for the rainiest day of
them all, the money we had socked away was, instead, used to pay for trillions of dollars of tax cuts—tax cuts that Americans have never wanted to
supercede other pressing priorities. Here are the facts.
I'm not in favor of raising taxes, but I am in favor of balancing the books, and balancing the burden. This needs to be accomplished soon by
whomever in Washington has the gumption to attend to the real issues that affect us all. Not the issues that affect the special interests we are
being sold out to, not the lobbyists that are buying the votes, but the issues that affect the one thing that truly makes this country great; the
[edit on 17-9-2005 by DontTreadOnMe]