July 25, 2011
The article in today's Sun by Rep. Chris Van Hollen ("Medicaid cuts would hurt us all," July 25) demonstrates how difficult it will be to reduce our budget deficit. While giving lip service to the need to reduce our federal budget deficit, he then maintains that there should be no reduction in the federal Medicaid program. Not one dime. Conspicuously absent in his article are any proposals to bring our deficit down. There is a reason for this. He has none. He was perfectly willing to pass budgets containing huge deficits when he and his party were in the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, and he will continue to do so if given the opportunity.
June 13, 2011
Do we have a deficit problem in this country? Yes. Some have suggested we don't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. Let's look at it more closely Do we have a spending problem? Yes. Do we have a revenue problem? You betcha. Some would say the solution to the deficit is to lower taxes. That would increase revenue? Really? Here are some historical stats form the Office of Management and Budget to gain some perspective. During Jimmy Carter's administration, tax revenue grew at an average rate of 8.75 percent annually.
March 31, 2011
This week, I started a liquid fast. I'm fasting to get Congress to stop using deficit reduction as a tool for the indefensible slashing of budgets that provide basic support to the poor and the hungry, at home and abroad. I am fasting because hunger and poverty are, at bottom, women's issues. Women and girls make up a little over half of the world's population, but they account for over 60 percent of the world's hungry. The hunger fast I joined was launched this week by former Ohio Congressman and Ambassador Tony Hall, who fasted for 22 days in 1993 when he was chair of the Congressional Select Committee on Hunger to draw attention to the needs of the hungry in the U.S. and abroad.
January 20, 2011
With the new U.S Congress looking for ways to cut the deficit, we should demand that they eliminate their own health insurance from their benefits. If Republicans are so hell-bent on repealing the new health care law, they can give up their own health insurance. After all, they are essentially independent contractors, hired on for a two- or six-year stint, and most of them are rich enough to pay for their own insurance. Why should the taxpayer pay? And why do we pay for premium lifetime health benefits after they've served only 5 years?
November 30, 2010
No U.S. president of the modern era ever got in trouble with voters by speaking ill of civil servants. At least since Ronald Reagan, it's been far easier (and better politics) to portray the federal work force as lazy, uncaring, overpaid, anti-business and a waste of money. So in that context it's really no surprise that President Barack Obama chose to throw about 1.9 civilian federal employees under the proverbial Metrobus this week by embracing a two-year salary freeze even before his fiscal commission reports its budget-balancing recommendations Friday.
March 3, 2005
WASHINGTON - Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve, warned yesterday that the federal budget deficits are "unsustainable" and urged Congress to act, preferably by cutting spending. He warned that the deficits could be driven even higher by costs connected to the aging of the baby boom generation, particularly entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare. While reiterating his support for President Bush's plan to offer private accounts as part of overhauling Social Security, Greenspan urged lawmakers to tackle the program's problems now, rather than later.