In this political side bar of Washington Week Judy Woodruff met roundtable with John Harwood and Jackie Calmes and did not hesitate in laying out the bait for the dish.  Introducing the feast, If "ten dollars of spending cuts for every dollar of revenue increase" was the only logical answer for America's budget crisis, should that type of legislation make it though committee?  There was talk about the political ideologies of Republicans and their campaign strategies for low or no taxes, and all I could think is do we really want small government?  Listen to the discussion before you read on.


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If we answer yes, is our yeah responsive to our own support of legislation that calls for more local governmental regulations that support statewide projects and initiatives aimed at making improvements within each city like the efforts made by Kasim Reed, the 59th Mayor of Atlanta? The former legislator says that he "ran for Mayor because of what the city gave" him as a child. Reed has certainly looked out for Atlanta's youth by reopening recreation centers throughout the city, and he did it fighting through the trenches of a diminished fiscal budget. His political moves seem to be against big government like a lot of Republicans. In any case, making cuts allowed him to make real accomplishments in the local area. More Police Officers, and expeditious response in crisis situations is what Atlanta residents can dote about when mentioning Reed.

It can not be that Republicans are to greedy to recognize that taxes are a necessary part of the political puzzle. Do they really want to try and keep all of their money and only get richer? Hey, Republicans have just worked so hard for what they have, and all they really want is to protect their financial interest right? Look, there is nothing wrong with protecting your steak at the table, but if there's more pie on the Republican dessert dish, then sharing more is a must. All I know is, someone has to be willing to take the bullet. Taking a look at any given budget locally or nationally will give the average American a better understanding of how cuts work. Take schools for instance, when cuts happen within the School Board each school is affected differently because budgets vary as do teacher's salaries from state to state.  That's only one example, but we always have to look at the big picture.  John Harwood shared insight that shined new light on taxes. In short, more taxes equal less cuts in vital programs like Medicare, Social Security, and National Defense, and no matter what fancy political jargon rolls off the tongue, it all boils down to numbers and results. How will they work for each side? This has been a political mouth full. Are you still
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