One man's austerity is another's common sense

May 14, 2012

I found the editorial, "Europe's lesson for the GOP" (May 10) to be very interesting and somewhat perverted as it became a critique of the GOP for protecting rich people from paying taxes and not about fiscal management to avoid a crisis.

I saw underPresident George W. Bushthe direction the United States was headed, and I felt that even he was spending too much taxpayer money. To lessen this nation's impending economic doom, I felt major belt tightening was in order.

The Obama administration has not only horrified me, but also in my opinion it has prolonged the ordeal with its fiscal policy and Congress' rubber stamp. That brought about the tea party movement, but from the other side, more talk of spending and trying to get its taxes, not from the rich men they talked about, but any they can. Hey, same thing in Maryland.

I see the vote in Greece and France as a bunch of spoiled people voting for more. See the same attitudes here. Yes, they nailed the rich man, and I feel in the future one of two things will happen.

Either those rich people will fold up business and take them and their money to more favorable climes. Or those that remain there, will be left in the same state as those people who recently voted, demanding to be taken care of and demanding more to be provided for them, while workers just trying to keep their hands on a couple of bucks, give up and figure to take it easier.

The attitude of this nation is headed that way, and hey perhaps we will take the hint of what's happening to those countries in Europe, but I see it taking the opposite course. We become a bunch of old people fighting over the last pitcher containing the fountain of youth until it shatters on the floor because of the fumbling greed.

I am living it now, and more money for the government means less enjoyable living from me. Definitely, fewer taxes that can be gleaned from my labors as well, because there is less to spend. What you see as austerity measures the GOP wants to do, I see it as a moderate attempt at regaining fiscal control over government and its gigantic appetite for spending. In the end, everyone will be suffering from uncontrollable austerity.

Michael W. Kohlman, Baltimore

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