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‘Tis the season for giving

Now that it is December and the holiday season is upon us, let’s take time to remember those less fortunate than ourselves. When shopping, how about putting some extra items in your basket and dropping them off at SnowCap. If you are unfamiliar with SnowCap, check it out at snowcap.org. It is a food pantry in East County and sees upwards of 8,000 people a month. And for those of you attending the annual tree lighting ceremony this coming Friday, Dec. 7, in Troutdale, there will be a barrel there for your donations.

If you are looking for the perfect gift for that special someone or family on your list and are unsure what to get, how about donating a cash gift to SnowCap in their honor? It’s twofold in the fact that it not only benefits the organization in helping others, but the recipient of that honor will thank you for not only thinking of them but someone else in need. It’s also tax deductible.

Alyson Huntting

Gresham

Heading for a cliff

Now that we are less than a month away from the so-called fiscal cliff (January 1, 2013), is anyone talking to one another in Washington about finding a solution to this economic problem?

Unlike former Presidents Clinton and Reagan who worked with both sides of the aisle to solve problems, this president is no Clinton or Reagan because of his arrogance and disdain for Republicans with his in-your-face approach.

You would think that President Obama and the Democrats would be falling all over each other to put country first with responsible proposals to avoid going over that cliff (on his watch), which could put us into another recession.

But because this president is not a hands-on leader, he delegates everything to subordinates such as what happened when the president sent Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (rather than meeting with Republicans himself) to Capitol Hill to pitch his proposal to the top four leaders knowing well that what he offered was nothing new (same old rehash of old budget proposals or blather) and that Republicans would not accept it.

The thinking is, if the Republicans fail to bend to Obama’s arrogance and our economy should go over the cliff, then the president could blame them for being intransigent and causing another recession. He shows a total contempt for the people in charge of the House.

The president’s plan basically is to trade $1.6 trillion (it was $800 million originally) in tax increases (plus another $150 billion in stimulus spending — you know how successful that was) for $400 billion in unspecified (that is the catch word) entitlement program cuts. What person in their right mind would buy into this?

So, where is the president in all of this? So far, he has held one photo op with all parties involved, and that is it. Instead of staying in Washington, the president decided it was more important to go to a manufacturing plant in Hatfield, Pa., to demagogue his opponents (accusing House GOP leaders of holding middle-class tax cuts “hostages”) and stress to his base the necessity to flood Republicans with Tweets, emails, Facebook, etc., in order to force them into accepting his plan.

Irrespective of what Democrats say, the president did not win a mandate in the last election. Out of approximately 50 million voters, the president won by roughly 2 million votes (hardly a 84 percent to 24 percent spread). Also voters returned Republicans to the House to reject higher tax rates for everyone and create jobs, cut wasteful (like the bridge to nowhere) spending and not to bow to the president’s arrogance. So, enough of this foolishness.

Mr. President, you say you are willing to work across the aisle to find solutions to this problem and you are open to any and all ideas, then enough jargan. We want to see results by you staying in Washington and leading with solutions to these problems instead of running around the country politicking. I reiterate, the problem with your demagoguery about tax increases is that even if you raise taxes on everyone making over $250,000 (which includes a lot of small business owners) by 40 percent, it would only generate approximately $85 billion a year (in just eight days, the federal government spends $85 billion), which will do absolutely nothing to affect the debt or the economy, demonstrating once again how ridiculous and out of touch your proposals are and will go nowhere in the House.

Louis H. Bowerman

Portland




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