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Public Should Know Where Taxes Go

January 2, 2014

To The Reader’s Forum: People are always on the bandwagon in favor of lower taxes, and politicians promise lower taxes in order to please the people who are voting for them....

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Jan-20-14 2:31 PM

It is difficult to convince most Americans that there are other possibilities, since they've not experienced them in person. I've had the good fortune of living for extended periods in 4 countries, and I have so say it is worth paying attention to what intelligent people, accustomed to other ethical values, support. For example, in Scandinavia/Baltic States, taxes--which are not that higher than the US--provide free higher education (looked at your tuition bills recently?), free health care (well . . . had a family member with a progressive fatal disease eating up family finances), and an number of public services (e.g., re-education to meet market demands for jobs). "American exceptionalism" is a disease: we have the biggest economy and the biggest army, but we don't compare to many of our social-democratic allies on most other criteria. Complain about it only if you've lived it.

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Jan-06-14 8:46 PM

Pat, just say thank you to those of us who pay taxes.

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Jan-06-14 9:33 AM

he whole U.S. government is dishonest. They took every penny out of social security and left a big fat debt. All the people that worked had this come out of there pay-checks.

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Jan-04-14 8:45 PM

Author's point is well made, but can you say "unfunded mandates"?

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Jan-04-14 8:44 PM

The author of this letter receives the "fruits of our labor". She may be entitled, and if she is not able to provide for herself because of some legitmate reason, I have no problem with this aid going to her. However, she treads on thin ice when she waxes philosophic about taxes. Patricia, just take the money and stay quiet.

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Jan-03-14 11:12 AM

yeah i'd much rather tackle public sector waste. overlapping layers & such.

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Jan-03-14 9:20 AM

Formerphil, The govt. is a gathering of non working socials who bleed the producers so they can remail extravagantly wasteful takers. (I agree w/you)

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Jan-03-14 8:20 AM

"...If taxes could be raised a little....perhaps this would make a more efficient system with less waste. Then these hundreds of needy places would not have to spend money to ask us for money and could turn their time and energy to actually work..." WHAT!?????

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Jan-02-14 3:49 PM

One of NASA’s next research missions won’t be exploring an alien planet or distant galaxy. Instead, the space agency is spending $3 million to go to Washington, D.C. and study one of the greatest mysteries in the universe—how Congress works

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Jan-02-14 3:47 PM

As the U.S. war effort in the Middle East winds to a close, the military has destroyed more than 170 million pounds worth of useable vehicles and other military equipment. The military has decided that it will simply destroy more than $7 billion worth of equipment rather than sell it or ship it back home

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Jan-02-14 3:43 PM

The State Department went on a bender the week before the government shutdown, purchasing $5 million of “exquisite” crystal glassware to presumably drink the $400,000 in booze they purchased in 2013.

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Jan-02-14 3:38 PM

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Jan-02-14 3:38 PM

**** ://projects.propublica. org/bailout/

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OUTFLOWS: $609 billion This includes money that has actually been spent, invested, or loaned.

INFLOWS: $618 billion Money returned and paid to Treasury as interest, dividends, fees or to repurchase their stock warrants.

(web page last updated today).

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Jan-02-14 3:09 PM

The bailouts the banks of wall street recieved in 2008 that they spent on bonuses, conferences at resorts ect.... instead of lending it out which was one of the main purposes of the bailouts.

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Jan-02-14 11:40 AM

If all our taxes go in the toilet and are misappropriated to all the wrong subsidies and corruption is beyond comprehension and too much of our taxes are spent on pork, well then, we should start a grass roots movement to stop all of this! I suggest we start at the top - on Wall Street, where wastefulness is rampant! How about it?

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Jan-02-14 11:33 AM

It seems that in one way or another everyone so far has agreed with Ms. Moniot. However, everyone just has more complaints. How about something constructive out of this forum for a change?

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Jan-02-14 9:19 AM

I have no problem paying for the services we need but its all the waste that contines endlessly. For onw, when schools are told to throw out everything, books and etc. except common core , that is wrong. aren't allowed to even give them away. The corruption is beyond comprehension.

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Jan-02-14 6:55 AM

Much of that money, Patty, gets misappropriated. Subsidize another country, subsidize places like Wal Mart, over subsidizing of welfare programs. You've got senators and others who make pretty damm good money and work 3/4 of the year. Wish I could do that.

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Jan-02-14 6:39 AM

all taxes go in the toilet, duh!

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