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It is time to tighten our belts

March 29, 2013

According to a recent story by The Associated Press, the taxpayers spent nearly $3.7 million in 2012 for pension and other expenses for the four living former U.S. presidents — George ....

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Apr-02-13 2:52 PM

A true low-info voter, Taxed...; if you'd bother to read Beck's "Broke" you'd learn how Republican's like Nixon and Bush II contributed to the growth of the Executive Branch (and much more besides). It hasn't been cut since Ike did it.

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Mar-31-13 10:07 PM

Sound, lets not forget "the most open government".

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Mar-31-13 10:52 AM

soundco...You didn't indicate the make-up of the precincts where your voter fraud took place...heavily Republican or Democrat? I would imagine that if wide spread voter fraud is taking place (no evidence to support it) it would involve both sides. Your so called "liberty loving" republicans, those always preaching "the founding fathers" this or "the Constitution" that, you remember,? tried last year throughout the nation through legislation to "suppress" various groups of voters from voting at all! If you would elaborate on your "the Obama's are in-your-face frivolous and dispicable" statement, please? Some facts! Yes, you should have mentioned Bush...much of today's spending finds its roots in that administration. I wonder, were you concerned with spending then? Did you support the war in Iraq? Would that ($2 TRILLION) have been considered "frivolous" spending by you? Remember, Iraq didn't attack us!

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Mar-30-13 2:33 PM

soundco, Obama's Whitehouse budget is less then it was for former Bush. Take your time an get the facts on all of the former Presidents and you would see nothing has changed when it comes to spending money. You only get the Republican attack adds and talking points if you just listen to Fox, Rush, Hannity, Beck and the others that want people to hate all Democrats. You need to listen to other views that are not anti-democrat if you want to get a well rounded informed opinion. If your a die hard Republican and straight ticket voter no information will probably change your mind. I vote both parties but I won't vote for these fanatics that are running.

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Mar-30-13 11:51 AM

soundco, I hope your posting was meant to be sarcastic is all I have to say.

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Mar-30-13 10:56 AM

This editorial is both funny and so sad...I don't recall any Messenger editorial being critical of the nearly $2 TRILLION spent on the Bush/9% approval rating Cheney blunder in Iraq or the future costs to taxpayers in providing benefits to the thousands of our brave soldiers disabled in one way or another during that 10 year disaster. No mention either of the $4 Billion annual taxpayer subsidies to Big Oil (making record profits). How about a look at other corporate welfare and farm subsidies in an era of record profits? No mention! What a sad piece of work the Messenger presented us today...

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Mar-29-13 9:29 PM

If you will take the time to examine Agenda 21, you will see in there whose idea this is and the plan in the making for the US. And you're right about. Anderson. They can well afford to hire their own private security.

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Mar-29-13 6:13 PM

We could start the belt tightning right here in Dodge. Did we really need to spend over 7 million on trails when we have side walks all over town. I would like to see what the editorial staff thinks of this waste. Oh wait,it is ok if they spend wasteful money here if the right people get the benifit.

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Mar-29-13 10:02 AM

Prospects of Harry Truman driving himself and Bess back to gentile poverty in Missouri, which lay behind presidential pensions in the first place, no longer exists; ex-presidents all make millions now from memoirs others write for them and ridiculous fees for their warmed-over speeches. All they really need is protection from the disgruntled and those they've actually harmed and the seemingly endless supply of nuts we have out there. With 7 of the 10 richest counties in the US now comprising the DC suburbs, it's time we CUT all federal salaries - and yes, pensions including mmine, as well - by 1 percent a year for the next five years and, believe me, no one would be hurt. Then, new salary scales should be constructed for federal bureaucrats that also factors in JOB SECURITY, which is worth at least 10% of comparable non-govt jobs if not more. BLS has the data (if you can trust them, which is always questionable).

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Mar-29-13 8:06 AM

That 3.7 million dollars averages out to less than 1 million each. That's still too much, but I would rather see a great reductio in the perks and retirement benefits of our so-called representatives in the Congress

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