EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 25, 2012

Sound Off

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Culture of corruption

The Washington Post recently reported the final GM bailout cost will be between $10 billion and $20 billion. GM employs 120,000 people. Simple math puts the cost to the American tax payer between $83,000 and $166,000 per job. But Obama and the Democrats wanted to keep those union dues flowing into the pockets of Democratic politicians so they had to save GM. Thank you unions for four more years of graft and political corruption.

D.C. thieves

This fiscal crisis in Washington has been caused and created by the president and Congress. They have no one else to blame but themselves. So why do I hear only about the cuts in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, but never, ever are there going to be cuts to their salaries and inflated staffs? Keep your hands out of my pockets, Mr. Senator and Representative! I’ve had enough of your thievery! You made this mess and you can now fix it!

How dare they!

How dare the Senate take a vacation now when faced with the fiscal cliff? How dare the House take a vacation and say they will probably not be back until after the New Year when faced with the fiscal cliff? Neither the House nor the Senate, Republicans nor Democrats are doing the job they were hired to do. They work for the people and are supposed to do the people’s business. While they live high off the American taxpayer (free medical care, generous pensions, plenty of vacations), they neglect their duty and have abdicated their responsibilities by both sides remaining pigheaded instead of working together for the people.

Just not fair

As far back as I can remember, which is many decades ago, they always say, we all musts sacrifice when the country is in trouble financially. Now let us get this straight. There is and always has been one segment of the population that never has to sacrifice and that is the 1 percent that has it all. When the middle class sacrifices, they lose a part of their standard of living. If the wealthy pays, say, 25 percent tax, and it goes to 50 percent, their standard of living has not been affected. Therefore, they have not — repeat, have not — sacrificed, and that is not fair.

Cut Salem taxes

We’ve been told that having a casino in Salem, N.H., would generate $140 million in revenue for the state and 3 percent of that would go back to the town of Salem. As a resident, I would like to know, before I vote, where or what the $4.2 million will be allocated to. Will my exorbitant real estate taxes go down? Many seniors trying to survive on a Social Security check are paying almost half their income for taxes in this town. Something with such a big impact on our town should produce a big benefit to its residents.

Happy holidays!

I would like to express my concern and disgust with the City of Lawrence and their continued poor spending habits. I am currently unemployed and was in Lawrence City Hall handling matters that I needed to handle and overheard that the employees are receiving days off with pay for the day before Christmas and the day before New Year’s. Where are they getting the money for this?

Who’s rich?

I don’t understand all this negotiating on the so called “fiscal cliff.” Obama campaigned on raising taxes on “millionaires and billionaires.” It was all about making the “1 percent” pay their “fair share.” Now the Republicans agree to raise taxes on those making $1 million and up. Obama rejects their proposal and wants to tuck it to those making $250,000 and up. When did the story change?

Union wages

For those non-union members in Michigan or any other state, be forewarned what you get paid now is still because of the unions. Example; If the union is paying $20 an hour and non-union is paying $15, it is only because of the union is there. If the union was absent, you would be lucky if you got just above minimum wage, I know I am much older than you and I have been there, so be warned. You cannot imagine how bad it can get.