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Reader's view: Implement term limits and redefine national priorities

Both political parties developed our present puzzling tax system. Are we going to continue a taxing system that results in the flow of wealth from the lower and middle classes to the upper class? Can we continue a system that penalizes individual...

Both political parties developed our present puzzling tax system. Are we going to continue a taxing system that results in the flow of wealth from the lower and middle classes to the upper class? Can we continue a system that penalizes individuals but favors large corporations, some of which legally avoid their taxes?

Is it fair to force Social Security recipients to pay income tax on 85 percent of their benefit? Social Security is a social insurance program, which has no relationship to the annual budget deficit or to the national debt; it is paid for with employee and employer contributions. How politicians can say that reducing benefits, such as by reducing annual inflation adjustments, will solve our budget problems makes me wonder about their true motive.

Two solutions stand out.

The first is to implement term limits on all politicians. Their successful elections should not result in long-term jobs with generous fringe benefits. This is "politician welfare." Many congressional politicians end up being more loyal to their political party than to the people in their districts. This would be a good way to get people into Congress who understand what the people want and need rather than developing laws based on political ideology.

The second is to redefine our national priorities based on the fiscal reality that our country, states and cities are broke. This means cuts would not be made mindlessly across the board but rather based on our priorities. There should be a moratorium on costly new projects at all government levels. "Corporate welfare" should be an early target for termination. Our acting as the "policemen of the world" should be another. Politicians are elected to put the needs of our people first.

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Donald E. Maypole

Lake Nebagamon

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