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Tale of ‘Three Budgets’ on table

April 17, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To the editor:

My letter to the editor is a tale of three budgets - the U.S. House's, the U.S Senate's and President Obama's.

Republican Paul Ryan's U.S. House budget is just the same for the last three years: All cuts in spending with no new revenues and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

The U.S. Senate does not call for the repeal of any part of the Affordable Care Act. The ACA is, by virtue of the U.S. Supreme Court, the law of the United States.

Neither the Democratic Senate nor the Republican (Ryan) House budgets call for Medicare D to be negotiating with pharmaceutical companies for better drug prices.

On spending, the Ryan House budget does not allow any new spending, period. That is not a good idea, in as much as unemployment is still at the rate of 7.6 percent at this time. Economically, our nation is still suffering and cannot afford regressive policies.

On the other side of Congress, the Senate plan proposes $100 billion in new spending. This for the repairs and maintenance on roads, bridges, and schools. President Obama would propose $50 billion in spending on the same items.

The House plan favors tax breaks for the very rich and corporations in expectation of these groups creating new jobs. That has not happened in this economy to date. (Trickle down is not trickling - and has not done so in the past 30 years, since the ill-conceived notion first became popular.)

Overall, President Obama's budget plan is favorable to economic growth - although his position on limiting Social Security benefits should be challenged fiercely from all sides. Bipartisan compromise will be difficult, but is absolutely necessary. It is plainly obvious that the good of the nation is at stake.

Please remind your U.S. House members and your U.S. Senators that their vote must be for the good of the nation, not for the good of lobbyists who represent special interests.

Now is the time for individuals to evaluate which budget is best not just for all Americans but for each of you. Look at your own situation and evaluate whether policies for job creation, or policies for severe budget cuts, will help you and your community.

Joan Patterson

Lehigh Acres



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