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  •  Deficit reduction? I'd disagree. People -- Dems (1+ / 0-)
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    & Repubs -- would like the rebates.  

    Screw the deficit-reduction bs artists, imo.  They're lying anyway.  As is evidenced by what the do (raise the deficit) when they're in power.

    A few thousand $ for each citizen would do the trick, Republican "leadership" be damned!

    •  Look, despite what people around here (0+ / 0-)

      seem to think, we actually do have a debt and deficit problem. It isn't a figment of someone's imagination. It really does exist, and it really is a problem. That said, do we have to freak out about it? No. But we do have to deal with it. This is a way to deal with it. We tried the whole "give the money back to the taxpayers" in 2001. Didn't work out too well. We need the carbon tax, clearly, but we need to use it to cut our indebtedness, something that the Republicans, who are in the majority in the House and will be for a decade, ought to like.

      For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

      by Anne Elk on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 04:55:52 PM PST

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      •  I guess we just disagree. I'm not worried about (1+ / 0-)
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        the debt at this point, though I don't think we should ignore it when the economy heats up. Did you see Krugman's excellent piece on its relative unimportance the other day?

        http://www.nytimes.com/...

        Climate change, rebuilding our infrastructure, doing the various jobs of governance that were abandoned under Bush, all imo are much more pressing than paying down the debt.

        And (also imo), we should do this with new taxes on finance and the wealthy....the ones that stole and continue to steal the money from the 99%.

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