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In My Opinion ... by Ron Phillips
In Oct. 16 Issue
Russell County News
Paychecks vs. Food Stamps?  I received an e-mail from Newt Gingrich that helps address some important issues that the American people are facing ahead. I want to share with you some of the key points that Mr. Gingrich stated in his letter written to the Republican Candidates that are running for office in the upcoming election.

"It is an unassailable fact that in June, more food stamps were distributed by the government than ever before in American history. (It turns out that Barack Obama's idea of spreading the wealth around was spreading more food stamps around.) It is also an unassailable fact that in January 2007, when Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid took over Congress, unemployment was 4.6% and food stamp usage was around 26.5 million Americans. Today, the unemployment rate is 9.6% and over 40 million Americans are on food stamps. Compare this to our record after we took control of Congress in 1994. In four years, unemployment fell from 5.6% to 4.2% and food stamp usage dropped by 8 million Americans thanks to record job creation. Furthermore, we turned a $107 billion deficit into a $125 billion surplus in four years, paying off more than $400 billion in federal debt. And we did it with a liberal Democrat in the White House. You can use this vivid contrast between the record of the Pelosi-Reid Democratic Congress and the last time the Republican Party took control of Congress to powerfully illustrate the difference for every American between the Democratic Party of food stamps and the Republican Party of paychecks. You can also present this clear choice to voters by hammering Democrats on their decision to adjourn Congress without fixing the tax code. In January 2011, taxes are scheduled to rise on virtually every American. Considering the perilous state of the U.S. economy, this decision by the Democrats to raise taxes is the very definition of irresponsibility. This tax increase can be specified for every income group with vivid personal impact on most families. As the Republicans on the Ways and Means Committee have documented: A family of four earning $50,000 per year could pay more than $2,100 in higher taxes. A single mom earning $36,000 per year could pay over $1,100 more in taxes. Married senior citizens earning $40,000 per year could pay more than $1,400 in higher taxes. For families struggling to pay their bills and put food on the table, the idea of having to pay even more in taxes will be devastating. Furthermore, small business owners who may be considering hiring new employees must now operate under the assumption that their taxes will rise in January. That means a smart businessman will decline to hire anyone new since there will soon be less money to pay their employees. In other words, more food stamps, fewer paychecks. Republicans have made it clear they intend to prevent these tax increases on working Americans. You should use this vivid contrast between the tax-raising, job-killing agenda of the Democrats and the low-tax, job-creating agenda of the Republicans as a way to reinforce the choice for voters this fall. Which future do I want? More food stamps? Or more paychecks? This is the choice we want to drive home again and again for voters from now until Election Day."  Newt Gingrich

The Democrats keep talking about the Bush tax cuts, but the correct way to state the issue is the temporary tax reductions that where put into place 10 ago years by the Bush administration will expire on December 31, 2010. This means that Congress and the Obama Administration are going to allow the largest tax increase in American history to take effect on January 1, 2011. So, will this decision create more Paychecks or will we need more Food Stamps? On November 2nd, you have the right to decide!
"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn't so."  Ronald Reagan

May God Bless…
Ron Phillips
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