View Poll Results: How much do you care about balancing the federal budget (in the medium/long term)?

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  • I am a Republican/conservative; low taxes are more important than a low deficit

    1 3.70%
  • I am a Republican/conservative; a low deficit is more important than low taxes

    10 37.04%
  • I am a Democrat/liberal; high spending is more important than a low deficit

    7 25.93%
  • I am a Democrat/liberal; a low deficit is more important than high spending

    9 33.33%
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Thread: How much do you care about balancing the US federal budget?

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    Re: How much do you care about balancing the US federal budget?

    Quote Originally Posted by librep View Post
    Through what mechanism do you intend to return jobs to America
    Jobs leave here because the American labor market isnt competitve with that overseas.
    There's three ways to change that:
    -Unionize the workers in China, Indonesia, etc
    -Break the unions here
    -Both

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    Re: How much do you care about balancing the US federal budget?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    Responsible adults are able to look past their own personal situation and support what's best for he common good - so there should be no issue
    Rest assured that most of them are unaware that the deficit cannot be reduced w/o significant cuts to medicare.

    Which are...?
    Like I said, before- Repubs have said they will focus on tax cuts, job creation and reducing the deficit. These goals are incompatible, especially as they are on record opposing "H.C. rationing" and have already expanded medicare w/o a funding mechanism. They may attempt to shift more financial burdens to the states but that certainly will be a job killer. Reducing corporate welfare would be a noble goal but I am not holding my breath.

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    Re: How much do you care about balancing the US federal budget?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cassandra View Post
    Rest assured that most of them are unaware that the deficit cannot be reduced w/o significant cuts to medicare.


    Like I said, before- Repubs have said they will focus on tax cuts, job creation and reducing the deficit. These goals are incompatible, especially as they are on record opposing "H.C. rationing" and have already expanded medicare w/o a funding mechanism. They may attempt to shift more financial burdens to the states but that certainly will be a job killer. Reducing corporate welfare would be a noble goal but I am not holding my breath.
    describe what you think corporate welfare is



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    Re: How much do you care about balancing the US federal budget?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    Jobs leave here because the American labor market isn’t competitive with that overseas.
    There's three ways to change that:
    -Unionize the workers in China, Indonesia, etc
    -Break the unions here
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    Cutting taxes in some areas might help as well - I believe our taxes are higher than some areas of the world - as I understand things, lower taxes or tax breaks are a good incentive for businesses to expand, as it means they will be more likely to make a good profit.
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    Re: How much do you care about balancing the US federal budget?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    describe what you think corporate welfare is
    Tax breaks too numerous to list, federal farm subsidies, subsidies for off-shoring, allowing corporations to benefit from the exploitation of the commons at little or no expense, raising taxes for the purpose of building infrastructure that will enrich private interests, anemic enforcement of anti-trust laws (in some instances).

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    Re: How much do you care about balancing the US federal budget?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cassandra View Post
    Tax breaks too numerous to list, federal farm subsidies, subsidies for off-shoring, allowing corporations to benefit from the exploitation of the commons at little or no expense, raising taxes for the purpose of building infrastructure that will enrich private interests, anemic enforcement of anti-trust laws (in some instances).
    OK you define that so widely it hasn't any use



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    Re: How much do you care about balancing the US federal budget?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    OK you define that so widely it hasn't any use
    You asked - take an egregious example- farm subsidies- are the Repubs in Congress likely to eliminate them on behalf of a balanced budget?

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    Re: How much do you care about balancing the US federal budget?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cassandra View Post

    Dems and Repubs might work together to eliminate corporate welfare and reduce or eliminate earmarks but that won't go far to reduce the deficit.
    Corporation lobbyists will never let it happen, no matter how much it costs them in under the table bribes, and if you eliminate earmarks you eliminate jobs.

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    Re: How much do you care about balancing the US federal budget?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cassandra View Post
    You asked - take an egregious example- farm subsidies- are the Repubs in Congress likely to eliminate them on behalf of a balanced budget?
    lets hope they eliminate the ones that are not useful.



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    Re: How much do you care about balancing the US federal budget?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    lets hope they eliminate the ones that are not useful.
    Thing is...

    ALL of em' are useful - to somebody...

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