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Gary Mason's comments:
These guests, on today’s program, generally do not see that if the federal does not balance the federal deficit, which the failure of sun setting would simply exacerbate, not only do the regional partners rely upon the local revenues for funding, which are falling, directly, but the businessmen will themselves contribute to further exacerbation of national debt, and the further de-funding of local projects, indirectly. Indirecly, by insisting upon tax breaks that, from their inception, were designed to increase the national debt, and increase the general stability of state infrastructures.
It's important to remember too WHY the GOP passed the tax cuts with that 'sunset' provision.
The reason was that under the reconciliation procedures they used to pass it (y'know, the same procedure they argued it was un-American to use when Democrats used it) they HAD to sunset the provision because the tax cuts added massively to our deficit and their projections proved that it would. Since the reconciliation rules were intended only for bills that would REDUCE the deficit, they HAD to sunset the law to qualify the bill to be passed under them (Democrats have since modified the rules to disallow this sort of trickery, and ensure that bills passed under reconciliation will definitely reduce the deficit, which ought to say something about which party is really concerned with reducing it.)
In other words, that Republican majority KNEW the bologna they now regularly spew about how tax cuts increase revenue was complete nonsense.
"eighty cents" is a fair deal to all concerned.
A twenty cent toll to interregional transportation will make for a better region. Presently the relationship between Portland and Vancouver rather more resembles the San Diego / Tijuana divide, than two cities between American States.
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