Tax-and-spend Democrats doomed the supercommittee to failure

November 28, 2011

It's not surprising The Sun stands with the Democrats' proposal to cut $1.2 trillion from the deficit by imposing a $1 trillion tax increase ("Next, the voters' turn," Nov. 23). But to claim, as you do, that the public agrees with this never-ending tax-and-spend policy is proof of how far the newspaper will go to prop up the Democrats.

Your claim that President Obama and the Democrats on the supercommittee offered up plans in line with the Bowles-Simpson commission is totally baseless. Mr. Obama and his administration never embraced the Bowles-Simpson report.

That's because the president didn't like most of what the report recommended, including a cap on tax revenues at 21 percent of GDP, raising the age eligibility for Social Security, forcing tax reform, restructuring infrastructure funding and cutting spending by $3 trillion.

Not one of these realistic recommendations were palatable to the tax-and-spend mindset of Mr. Obama and the Democrats, so they simply ignored them and never acted on the report. Moreover, public opinion on deficit and spending reduction is not aligned with the Obama administration and the Democrats as you claim, since they offer no real reductions, just the same old tax increases.

J. Shawn Alcarese, Towson

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