GOP fails to help the 98%


President Obama is correct to reject the Republicans’ proposal for avoiding the fiscal cliff (“Obama rejects GOP fiscal offer; President says deal must include higher taxes on top 2%,” Dec. 5). His proposal to increase taxes for the wealthiest 2 percent of taxpayers would return tax rates for the rich to the pre-George W. Bush era level.

The Republicans’ proposal leaves the 2 percent untouched and requires the rest of us to pay through reductions in Medicare and Medicaid.

We should wonder why Republicans want to protect the 2 percent at the expense of the rest of us. The 2 percent have benefited far more from economic gains over the past 30 years than the bottom 98 percent.

I was taught in school that we lived under a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, not of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich.

It is hard to imagine how Republican congressional leaders can show their faces in public when they do not have the best interests of the bulk of their constituents at heart, because they cater only to the wealthy.

Plain Township

Nation heading down a bad path

There are three reasons why great societies have failed throughout history: corruption, over-taxation, and morals gone bad. Look at where we are today and where the Obama Administration is taking us, and guess what’s next.

We cannot continue down this path, or we are going to go over more than just a cliff. We are headed toward becoming a socialist country.

Springfield Township

Years of neglect taking plant toll

Decades of neglect and indifference have caught up with the City of Toledo’s drinking-water treatment plant (“Council OKs $9.34M for water plant improvements; Utility funds to pay for designs, other projects,” Dec. 5).

The time has come to pay the piper. It’s going to cost us dearly.

This situation is the fault of the many city administrations over the decades that should have included the plant’s upkeep in the city budget, but didn’t.

Political pet projects took priority over common-sense administration of public facilities.

We elect politicians to operate our city in a responsible way and keep things up to date, make improvements where needed, and budget our tax dollars to accomplish what should be done.

One Government Center needs to wake up to the fact that we didn’t elect city officials to push pet projects. We elected them to care for our city.

Islington Street

Items, servicesdepend on taxes

Nobody likes taxes, but many goods and services are paid with for with tax money. Among them: street lights, traffic signals, snow removal, leaf pickup, water and sewage service, police, sheriff and fire departments, dog wardens, road maintenance, and roadside mowing.

It's mind-boggling what we take for granted that is paid for with tax money. If we pay no tax, we have no services.