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  • Cutting Entitlements-Define please
    Lisa Lisa
    Depending on who or what you are and where you sit on the income scale, the buzz word "entitlements" only seems to apply to poor people. A corporation or multi-millionaire/billionaire that spends gobs of money to accounting gurus to seek loopholes on how to pay LESS taxes is by THEIR definition not an entitlement-its a "tax break". An entitlement is defined as the right to guaranteed BENEFITS under a government program. A BENEFIT is defined as "Something that promotes or enhances well-being; an ADVANTAGE". Not paying a set tax amount based strictly on money earned IMO is an entitlement or a BENEFIT (ADVANTAGE). Its arrogance that some politicians stand on their soap box and demand to gut "entitlements" but wont look at tax breaks for the rich as such.
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  • You are Right
    Mc
    You're right, but it doesn't matter that you are right. Like demanding the right of way from an eighteen wheeler.
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  • Tax Reform
    Rob
    The tax code is broken and needs to be fixed without a doubt, but the country is not $16T in the hole because of the various tax breaks corporations take advantage of. What we just witnessed in Congress was a complete cave by the GOP. Obama got his tax hike on the evil rich and didn't have to cut much at all in spending. I think the tally is $40 in tax hikes for every $1 in spending cuts. Is that a balanced approach? What a joke. $25T national debt here we come.
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  • Losing my grip on language
    Budgetweenie
    I've been around a goodly number of years and, perhaps, as an attribute to aging, the comprehension of the english language has deteriorated. An entitlement is what, exactly? An enacted law presumes an "entitlement" to what the law decrees. A fund, entered into voluntarily for investment purposes is, or is not, an entitlement. A retirement plan is, or is not an entitlement, depending, I suppose, on the defining document. An entitlement may be seen as, fairness in laws and in judicial decisions. Also, we might be thinking an entitlement may be freedom to vote, live our lives within the scope of reason and fairness. So, as the elected officials decide on "our behalf" just what is or is not an entitlement, I would simply ask for the clarification needed by this aging boomer.
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  • Glad I'm retired. Those dirtbags always used us a whipping boys. They will "save" X dollars? What about us, who have families to feed?
    The Original Joe S
    Keep sending those retirement checks every month. I served my 30 year sentence under stupid afirmative-action installed idiots, empire-building louts, etc. I'm FREE!
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  • Doomsday Preppers
    Mc
    Suggest you watch the t.v. show "Doomsday Preppers." And read up on Argentina's economic crisis in the early 2000's. That's where we're headed.
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  • Yup. Stock up on food, fuel, ammo. Gonna need it.
    The Original Joe S
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  • It seems to me..
    RicknATL
    It seems to me that with this dysfunctional congress, we were lucky to get them to agree to anything at all. Sadly, once again the middle class feds continue to get screwed and the rich continue to enjoy low capitial gains tax rates (20%). Hey, but that's ok, the feds have been suffering from a pay freeze going on 3 years in order to finance this charity for the rich. People who make millions (mostly paid via capitial gains) will still pay a lower tax rate than the guy who makes 75k.
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  • Bull Crap!
    MGraham
    This is bull crap! Why should the middle class have to continuing suffer because of other's mistake that we have no control over. I have been hurt by this pay freeze since I began working for the federal government. I have been paying a lot more in taxes since I left a job in the private sector. I have a Associates, a Bachelors, and a Masters degree and I am still in a lot of debt because I have to pay this money back. Also, I am paying back my son's student loan until he is able to find a decent job after leaving college last year. When will you stop making the middle class your target? Haven't we suffered enough? We should not be penalized any longer.
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  • You are so stoopit! Don't you realize that it's your DUTY to ben dover? Politicianwhooahs pander to the rabble with bread and circuses, and YOU pay. Rich NEVER pay.
    The Original Joe S
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