• My plan.

    1) 15-30% cut across the board for eight years.
    2) The Fisher Tax plan An Asset/Value Tax on goods and services ranging from 2% (Food ) to 25% (Luxury items). Those making over $300,000 would pay a Flat income tax.

    July 25, 2011 at 8:21 p.m.

  • Jared, that is the very essence of what this whole battle is about. We are perfectly capable of deciding what needs to be done in Victoria. Sending our tax money to Washington, only to have it come back in the form of programs and grants, all of which come with strings attached, creates as many problems as it solves. If the great minds in Washington, DC were so brilliant, how did we end up with a $14+ Trillion national debt?

    July 25, 2011 at 1:14 p.m.

  • Perhaps most of our money needs to be spent locally; Victorians know what Victoria needs.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:38 a.m.

  • You are absolutely right, Alton. Any "deal" cooked up behind closed doors will be questioned by voters across the political spectrum. A very good place to start an open process would be for Harry Reid to allow the House-passed legislation to come up for debate in the Senate. That is the way the system is supposed to work. Open debate and an up-or-down vote in the Senate would be an excellent beginning.

    July 24, 2011 at 4:26 p.m.

  • The debt negotiations should be held in the open. This "behind closed doors" with each blaming the other needs to stop. Our money is being spent by politicians who don't want us to know the questionable deals that are being made. An effort was made to clean house last November and we need to continue November 2012. We need persons who have the welfare of the United States and its citizens and not their own welfare. I am angry and tired of the media and the politicians jockeying and manipulating for position and not standing up for our land of opportunity.

    July 24, 2011 at 3:06 p.m.

  • I agree 100%. Make every word public record and watch the party leaders try to spin the truth. When your words are made public the public will be your judge on election day.

    July 24, 2011 at 12:19 p.m.

  • Same can be said about the history of who started this defecit spending. The Congressional Budget Office is a fine non-partisan place to begin.

    July 24, 2011 at 9:34 a.m.