What would YOU be willing to give up?

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Registered: 09-02-2009
What would YOU be willing to give up?
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Thu, 08-12-2010 - 7:48pm

In reading this opinion article about how congress should spend recess, written by Cal Thomas and Bob Beckel, Cal responds with: "OK, here's one more suggestion for home-bound lawmakers. Ask their constituents what they would be willing to give up to cut the deficit and reduce the national debt. This wouldn't be what they'd like to see someone else give up, but what they would be willing to relinquish to help their country. Social Security? Medicare? Farm subsidies? Even better, members should challenge those smaller government folks. You want government to cut back on programs to combat poverty? Fine, meet and care for one family that needs a boost. Take government out of the equation by doing something."

http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2010-08-12-column12_ST_N.htm

So it made me wonder - what would each of US be willing to give up - not what we think other groups, special interest etc., should give up but as Cal says what would YOU be willing to give up and what would you personally be willing to commit to in order to "Take government out of the equation by doing something."?

I know that I cannot give up my future social security and probably not my future medicare and I guess I will have to think about what other services I use that I could give up - can't give up driving on roads for example.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2007
Thu, 08-12-2010 - 7:59pm

I would give up the child tax credit.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 08-12-2010 - 8:07pm
Hmmmm that really is a good

 


 


I disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure

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Registered: 03-10-2010
Thu, 08-12-2010 - 8:22pm

I don't think that anyone who is middle or lower class would give up SS or Medicare, so I don't think that would be in the mix. While I'm not railing on about how bad government is and wanting to make it smaller, I am willing to give up some things.

I'd be willing to give up a bit more of my income in the area of income taxes if it would help to reduce the deficit and pay down the debt.

I'd be willing to give up the feeling of security I get as a result of the creation of God-knows how many programs in the Dept. of Homeland Security. I wouldn't want to disband FEMA though people in my area would rarely need it. We need to have emergency response when those hurricanes and earthquakes and floods wipe out whole neighborhoods. I'd be willing to not see TSA agents when I check in at the airport.

I'd be willing to pay somewhat higher prices for food, if it meant that we didn't have farm subsidies.

I'd be willing to pay more for a gallon of gasoline if it meant that government wouldn't turn around and subsidize oil and gas companies.

I'd be willing to give up the secure feeling that I'm told I should have about how "we're fighting them there so we don't have to fight them here," if it would reduce military spending on wars that definitely don't make me feel one bit more secure than I'd feel with no war whatsoever.

I'd actually be willing to give up Medicare Part D altogether (and I'm moving into that age group that could use it) if Medicare could negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies and buy in bulk and distribute them via a mail-order pharmacy at rock bottom prices.

There is probably much more I'd be willing to give up or see change if it meant that my "sacrifice" would reduce the budget deficit and help pay down the national debt.

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Registered: 09-02-2009
Thu, 08-12-2010 - 8:22pm
Thanks - there is a budget dilemma playing out in Baltimore right now on a similar but smaller scale. Baltimore has some serious budget woes and had to close city pools this week amid a heat wave. There are some who are calling for Baltimore to dip into their rainy day funds to keep the pools open but the mayor is standing firm so far. Cutting budgets and controlling costs affects real people and while I would hate to have my pool closed - luckily our homeowners association is still pretty healthy even with a few foreclosures - I agree with the mayor. If you use rainy day funds to keep a pool open what will you use to clear the roads when the next blizzard hits? Or the next hurricane/tropical storm? Or any other of a various natural calamity?
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Registered: 03-10-2010
Thu, 08-12-2010 - 8:37pm

The big city pools are reopened by yesterday thanks to some kind donor(s):

http://wjz.com/local/pools.donation.parks.2.1854592.html

The smaller neighborhood pools remain closed as far as I know. T. Rowe Price rocks! The anonymous donors are great too. One of my neighbors said she heard that it was John Waters who initially donated to reopen the Druid Hill pool, then turned around and threw in the rest of the $300K to open the main pools. I don't know if that is true, but it would be true to his form if that is the case.

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Registered: 12-07-2006
Thu, 08-12-2010 - 8:40pm

>>So it made me wonder - what would each of US be willing to give up - not what we think other groups, special interest etc., should give up but as Cal says what would YOU be willing to give up and what would you personally be willing to commit to in order to "Take government out of the equation by doing something."?


I'd be willing to postpone my SS benefits until the age of 75.

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Registered: 09-02-2009
Thu, 08-12-2010 - 8:42pm

I won't even pretend to understand medicare or the prescription drug coverage offered. I anticipate that as I get older I will need some prescription or another - already the doctors keep asking 'are you on any medication' when I go in and then ask again when I say I am not on any. I guess once you are over 50 you are expected to be on something?

The thing is I don't know what I would or even could give up. I don't own a home so I can't give up those nice tax benefits of home ownership. I am not married so I can't give up those tax benefits either. I don't itemize but just take the standard deduction. I guess I would be willing to adjust that so that I paid more in taxes as I am probably not in a very high tax bracket, although once I can't claim my children as dependents I might feel that I am. I can't give up highways or FEMA or the military - although I would be willing to support no more troops in Iraq or Afghanistan :) I can't give up Pell Grants for my children but I would be willing to give up the Educators deduction - as small as it is. I guess the only thing I can contribute is a willingness to revert to the tax rate of the Clinton era.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 08-12-2010 - 8:58pm

See, I grew up in the inner city.

 


 


I disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-02-2009
Thu, 08-12-2010 - 9:02pm

I would be willing to give up SS until 75 as well, I fully expect to be working into my 70's anyway.

As far as helping others I'm not sure what kind of service I could offer since I don't have a trade and I am not a medical professional but I do offer free tutoring beyond the paid tutoring - I get paid to stay one afternoon a week and stay three. I donate goods and money to the food bank/and other social causes but I'm not sure I am financially able to contribute at the level Cal had in mind. But then I suppose if everyone gave something it would all add up.

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Registered: 03-10-2010
Thu, 08-12-2010 - 9:04pm

How can that be? How would they know?

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