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Have you noticed how, now that the federal debt and annual deficit is so overwhelming, that the argument made on behalf of those who are responsible is to raise taxes? Their excuse is that when compared with a household that has increased expenses, acquiring a second job is a primary effort to be made to make ends meet — increase the income or revenue is their answer, not tighten any belts or turn off the cable — nope!

Say what? I mean, do they want us to take them seriously, with near double-digit unemployment and the real figures estimated at closer to 20? Seriously?

I am sorry, big-spenders, but we have a spending problem, not an income-revenue problem and it is to the tune of 40 percent higher than what the 50-plus-year average has been for our federal government, from near 25 percent of the GDP currently to the longer-term average of only 18 percent. Do that math and with that same straight face tell me we have a revenue (tax) problem.

Dale W. Haarr Jr.

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