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The Budget Deal: Your Views
Here's a sample of some of the e-mail we've gotten in the past few days on the five-year, balanced budget deal. If you'd like to comment on the day's news, send us e-mail editor@AllPolitics com And be sure to include your name and home town.
'Nothing But Smoke And Mirrors'
This is nothing but smoke and mirrors. It will only balance on the paper it was printed on. We lost again. How can you increase spending and pretend to cut budgets and balance out? Only in Washington, D.C. Wish I could do my checking in such a way. Without going to jail!
-- Jeff Gill, Maple Valley, Wash., May 6
'Political Cowardice'With sadness, I see once again the political cowardice of so-called "representatives of the people" formulating a deception of half-truths, misrepresentations and overt lies to convince the gullible public that ONCE AGAIN THEY ARE PROVIDING A BALANCED BUDGET. It appears that the Republican leadership, out-gunned and out-smarted by the Clintonites, have joined these disreputable liars and cheats in assuming that the American people will believe any lie, however outrageous, if packaged properly. God Bless America but most importantly, GOD HELP US!
-- Bill Compton, May 6
Shows they can work together!
-- Ed Minich, May 5
'Asked To Sacrifice More'
Once again federal retirees are asked to sacrifice more than regular retirees, namely Social Security recipients and military retirees. The latest insult is being required to have our COLA [cost-of-living adjustment] delayed by three months which represents a 25 percent reduction in the yearly COLA. Savings attributable only to changes in our COLAs from 1981 to 1996 have cost civil service retirees $47.2 billion. Justice demands that we be treated like other retirees and not have our COLAs delayed. Those legislators who are concerned about implementing their Contract With America should give some thought to the moral contract the government had with their employees.
-- Paul Russo, Staten Island, N.Y., May 5
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Reno's Independent Counsel Decision (12/03/97)
Turkeys and Other Political Fowl (11/26/97)
Jesse Helms vs. William Weld (9/12/97)
The Line-Item Veto: Your Comments (8/12/97)
Comments on Budget Agreement, Fund-Raising Hearings (8/6/97)
The Fund-Raising Hearings (7/23/97)
The Senate Hearings Continue: Your Comments (7/16/97)
The Campaign Finance Hearings: More Of Your Reactions (7/14/97)
Responses On The Fund-Raising Hearings (7/8/97)
China's Trade Status (6/24/97)
Watergate 25th Anniversary (6/18/97)
China's Trade Status: Your Thoughts (5/20/97)
Late-Term Abortions: More Reader Reaction (5/16/97)
Late-Term Abortions: What Readers Say (5/15/97)
The Budget Deal: Your Views (5/7/97)
FDR Memorial: Your Views (5/2/97)
Volunteerism Summit: Lots Of Skepticism (4/29/97)
On The Dole: More Reaction (4/18/97)
On The Dole: Your Reaction (4/17/97)
Reno's Decision: More Of Your Reactions (4/16/97)
Reno's Decision: Some Strong Opinions (4/15/97)
A Grab Bag of Opinions (4/4/97)
A Taxing Question (3/26/97)
More Thoughts On CDA (3/20/97)
Indecency And The Net (3/18/97)
Clinton's Fund-Raising (3/12/97)
More On Term Limits (2/17/97)
Sound Off On Term Limits (2/13/97)
State Of The Union E-mails (2/4/97)
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