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4/25/2013 1:03:00 PM
Letter: This had to be a shock to John Bond


Wow! It is really amazing how a dedicated liberal has the ability to blame the Republicans for just about anything. John Bond (“Disappointing posture from President Obama,” Perspective, 4/7/13) is nothing if not consistent. In his letter, Mr. Bond decries the move by our, heretofore, perfect president, to become the first “Democratic POTUS” to use “Social Security as a bargaining chip.” And “It is disturbing (that he) promotes a policy that will undermine Social Security.” Damning, right? But read two paragraphs further and he comes home to his liberal philosophy by stating that, if Mr. Obama is not stopped, “The failure to do so will rest squarely upon those GOP U.S. Senators.”

Now, Mr. Bond is correct that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) does not accurately reflect the real cost of living changes. The government manipulates those numbers to reflect whatever outcome they require, politically (such as just before the 2012 election). If a product increases too much, for instance, it is replaced by a product with a more stable price as being “too volatile.” He is also correct that the “chained CPI”, if enacted, will reduce increases in the COLA. The “chained CPI” is based on the assumption that, for instance, if beef prices increase, entitlement recipients will choose a cheaper product, such as chicken, therefore not requiring an increase in their checks. What it avoids saying is that this is a reduction in their standard of living.

But, I don’t recall ever seeing Mr. Bond criticize the president for his oft-repeated call for “shared sacrifice” as long as the sacrifice was directed only at the “wealthy” (which has various meanings to libs) and “other people” (meaning “not me”). True, Mr. Obama does not face another presidential election, but where does Mr. Bond think the president can get the trillions of dollars he wants to spend in the name of “economic equality? He has already hit the rich and the middle-class workers when the Bush tax cuts expired and workers took a 2-percent hike in FICA taxes. But like many older Americans, there is no concern for the struggling younger generations who will have to pay the piper that our generations hired.

Bond is wrong that simply raising FICA taxes on the wealthy and adding them to capital gains and dividend income; only the most radical left-thinking economist would agree. The vast majority of economists know that only economic growth can decrease our national deficits and debt. Even then, they know that Social Security will never be stable until it is changed from a defined benefit to a defined contribution system. Congressional Democrats are near-unanimous that the present system is unsustainable. But it had to be a shock to Mr. Bond that his hero publicly agrees.

Jim Barber

Camp Verde

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Jane

Every time I think the GOP hordes might someday get a chance to occupy the White House, and thereby ruin America by selling what's left of our constitutional rights to the fascist elements running our economy, Mr. Barber goes on one of his rants trying to defend the immoral, racist and unethical behavior of his GOP cohorts.

I feel so much better knowing that everyone local has the opportunity to read his partisan drivel and see for themselves how disastrous it would be for the country if the fascist Tea-Baggers ever got a chance at wielding real power. I sincerely thank you, Jim Barber!!!

Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Article comment by: John Who? Jim Who?

Who cares? (triple yawn)..It's unending boredom.

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Article comment by: John Who?

Who cares? (yawn)

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Article comment by: @ Enough Already

What I find interesting is that you complain about this when Mr. Barber writes a letter to the editor but you fail to mention the hundreds of letters that Mr. Bond has had printed in the VI. If you want fair and balanced, that is exactly what you are seeing. They print both sides, Mr. Bonds and Mr. Barbers. This is the problem with people like you as long as you are reading what you agree with, then you are all for free speech. But when there is something that you do not agree with, then you are calling on the newspaper not to print this drivel. You prove your own point. You are writing and attacking Mr. Barber only because he does not share your view point, which is exactly what you accuse him of doing to Mr. Bond. Seriously??

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Article comment by: John A. Bond

Deep down in the deepest recesses of my being where my spiritual integrity dwells and provides to me the sustenance I need to endure such "comments" from Jim Barber, I know that others read his neconconservative screeds and recognize them for what they are, too.

Mr. Barber uses his neconservative screeds to undermine the economic security of seniors reliant upon Sociatl Security for their retirement income. It is a shameful thing to do but then neoconservatives are reknowned for their lack of a moral compass and their disdain for the suffering of others.

For those not indoctrinated in callous neoconservative ideology, the Congressional Research Council [CRC} issued a report on the issue of removing the cap on FICA taxation.

Information is also available from the Congressional Budget Office [CBO], and from the website of Bernie Sanders, [I], Vermont who sponsored the bill to remove the cap on FICA taxation in the US Senate [www.senate.gov/sanders].

Merely follow the links and research the issue for yourselves.

I know it is great fun for neoconservatives like Mr. Barber to attack, attack, and attack the messenger to distract from the message but it changes nothing.

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Article comment by: Enough Already

I find it deplorable that a columnist of the Newspaper writes letters attacking other individuals for not sharing his views. Actually I find it deplorable that the VI gave him an official pulpit in the first place, I was sick of reading his letter years ago. I guess Mr Barber thinks he is the only blow hard that should be allowed to state his views. It shows an acceptance of his views and paints the VI as a Conservative media outlet. I guess there is no such thing as fair and balanced news anymore.

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Article comment by: Bill Bassett

OK Mr. Barber, let's set this straight. The Bush era tax cuts did not expire, to the contrary, they were made permanent up to an adjusted income of $450,000 and above. I don't know what you consider middle class but I dare say if $450,000 a year is the middle, I'm living in the wrong universe.

I think it also bears repeating that the payroll tax increase of 2% is not an increase but a return to its previous rate. This is the money, premium if you will, we all pay into Social Security. We all enjoyed a 2 year holiday from the normal 6.2% we paid before. The holiday came to an end right on schedule.

If you want to make a valid argument, please do, just try to get the facts right. OK? OK.

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Confused

Deja vu all over again.

Dale, here I've patiently waited for your next anti Obama letter and was disappointed to find you submitted the same letter as last week!

You're going to have to try harder or else we'll give your spot to someone who's a little hungrier than you.

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