Corporations, wealthy seem to miss out on 'sacrifice'
To the editor:
I have seen and heard opinions from those who are in support of the union busting techniques in Wisconsin and other mid-Western states, that union members generally make 42 percent more (national average) than workers who are in the private sector.
I find it strange that the very people who are supporting the actions of the governor of Wisconsin are the very same people who believe that in a good capitalistic system, everyone should have the right to make their own wealth and live the "American Dream."
Being an elected official, I understand that many states are facing major cuts in funding from state and federal sources, but to ask the middle class to "sacrifice" to help bridge gaps in a budget and allow large corporations and individuals to avoid sharing in the pain is simply un-American.
Donnie Souders Jr.
Smithsburg Town Council
If budgets are a problem, raise taxes or cut benefits
To the editor:
In the Sunday, March 6, Herald Mail, there are two very interesting pieces. On page A4, columnist Charles Krauthammer states that, "The nation faces a fiscal crisis of historic proportions..."
Krauthammer goes on to explain that, in part, this problem is the result of, "sweetheart deals the public-sector unions had negotiated for themselves for years," and "unsustainable federal entitlements for the elderly enacted when life expectancy was 62." Krauthammer explains that, "Republican governors are taking on unsustainable, fiscally ruinous pension healthcare obligations."
In other venues we have all heard some politicians state things such as, "We cannot raise the taxes on the rich because that would be socialistic income redistribution" and, "We cannot raise taxes on business because taxes are bad for business."
If government expenses cannot be met by raising taxes, then government expenses must be lowered by lowering benefits. On the front page of the same Sunday paper is an article talking about how Maryland is working on balancing its budget in part by lowering prescription drug coverage benefits for current and former state workers.
The article includes statements from two retired people about the impact this proposal will have on them and statements from state legislators Donoghue and Edwards saying that, "legislators are trying to scale back the proposed increases."
Voters cannot have it both ways. Politicians cannot have it both ways. If expenses are too high than either taxes must be raised or benefits must be cut. Voters voting for politicians who promise to cut millions of dollars out of the state budget without raising taxes and at the same time argue against proposed increases in out-of-pocket expenses for entitlements are not being logical, or sensible, but politicians who make such promises are getting reelected.