[Vision2020] State Budget Deficits

Jeff Harkins jeffh at moscow.com
Tue Jan 4 15:00:37 PST 2011

  On 1/4/2011 2:17 PM, Joe Campbell wrote:
> I don't see how honestly, real life, responsibility, foresight,
> sacrifice, and stewardship support a plan where you cut spending and
> not increase taxes, given the mess we're in.
In retrospect, I guess, given that you are not an economist, I cannot, 
realistically expect you to see how those values would help.  So, I 
agree with you.

> Nor do I understand how
> these values support the Republican notion of starting a war and
> refusing to pay for it.
I recall that the "declaration of war" was a congressional decision, 
supported by democrats and republicans.
> That seems to go against some of the values
> noted.
I stand by my statement of values

> I think the "values" your plan supports are greed, selfishness,
> and blaming the other guy for our problems.
You are entitled to your opinion
> And there is nothing funny about the fact that I don't have a plan.
> I'm not an economist! Nor did I start a post on this topic. You are
> and you did. I'm just a critic.
You are correct.
> But I'll tell you that I know enough
> about the economy to say that we're not going to get out of this mess
> unless we raise some taxes to do it.
You could not be more wrongheaded.
> No one wants to hear that message
> but sometimes the truth hurts.
I agree.
> On Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 11:24 AM, Jeff Harkins<jeffh at moscow.com>  wrote:
>>   On 1/4/2011 6:02 AM, Joe Campbell wrote:
>>> Pretty revealing!
>>> No real plan here, no solution. Just complaints and a slogan: "Cut taxes!"
>>> For which of the values on your list is this appropriate?
>> Honesty, real life, responsibility, foresight, sacrifice, stewardship to
>> name a few.  The truth is ...  the chickens have come home to roost!
>> Cutting spending does not imply raising taxes.  Your hyperbole is failing.
>>   A cut of about 12.5% is necessary to balance state budgets - that is a fact
>> - and getting a balanced budget is a "pretty damn good" plan.
>> By requiring government agencies to start the process of identifying those
>> areas that can be cut and then absorbing and allocating those cuts.  Should
>> be a shared responsibility.
>> Funny, I didn't see your plan - just your cheap shots and sarcasm.

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