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Jan. 22, 2013 @ 12:18 AM

Tax perks hidden in financial cliff bill

It's a shame that the president and Congress don't know the difference between needs, wants and nice-to-have's, for if they did they would not be running America into financial ruin.

Tucked away in the 150-plus page "fiscal cliff" bill are several tax perks (a.k.a. pork barrel spending) that many American's didn't know existed nor were they openly discussed by President Obama, Congress or the news media.

President Obama stated that "while I will negotiate over many things, I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they've already racked up through the laws that they passed."

Speaker of the House Boehner said that "our government has built up too much debt. Our economy is not producing enough jobs. These are not separate problems. At $16 trillion and rising, our national debt is draining free enterprise and weakening the ship of state. The American Dream is in peril so long as its namesake is weighed down by this anchor of debt."

So why did the fiscal cliff deal that was designed to reduce the deficit actually add $74 billion in spending through changes in the tax law? How could anyone have voted for a bill that had ANY pork barrel spending in it? Our government officials are not being financially responsible whether Democrat, Republican, or Independent.

The American Revolution began as a result of increasing colonial unhappiness with the policies of the British government. Thomas Jefferson stated "the strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against the tyranny in government." With the direction that our U.S. government is heading, the Second Amendment has never had more importance.

Henry Sasyn

Vienna, W.Va.

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