With all due respect, Shirley Bianchi (“Taxes, socialism and weak links,” July 3), before you give any more tax increase advice for “the very terrible economic times we are in,” I would encourage you to read a study by Christina Romer, current chair of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Obama administration.
Her 2007 study, “The macroeconomic effects of tax changes,” is being heralded as the definitive study as to the effects of taxes upon our economy, post-World War II to 2007.
Its findings, I quote: “an exogenous tax increase of 1 percent of GDP lowers real GDP by roughly 3 percent.” She goes further to say, “the more intuitive way to express this result is that tax cuts have very large and persistent positive output effects.”
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To conclude, her study of the United States economy has found tax changes have a three times multiplier effect in the opposite direction upon the overall economy. Lower overall economy equals lower business revenues that equals lower tax revenues.
I will also add that this information isn’t “tea party-inspired,” for Romer is a registered Democrat.
Immigration reform will take a three-part effort. First, the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service needs to speed up the processing of legal immigrants, many of whom have been waiting for years for their documents. One year is plenty of time to vet a foreign-born applicant.
Second, both federal and state agencies must reduce border crime. The major cause is American consumption of illegal drugs. There are only two solutions: make drugs legal, available and taxed, such as in the case of cigarettes and alcohol and/or educate and prevent Americans from consuming the drugs.
Drugs and pharmaceuticals, whether legal or illegal, are a huge business in this country. The illegal business people, corporations, gangs and killings will disappear when there is no market for the product.
Third, what to do about the millions of illegal immigrants who have settled down and work in the United States? This group of people is part of the fabric of America. It’s impossible to deport them, a logistical nightmare. So yes, they need to learn English and be given legal Social Security documents and residency permits.
These three steps will cost United States taxpayers billions of dollars.
Nix the negativity
We need more people like letter writer Kent M. Taylor (“Sign here, please,” July 14) and Tribune columnist Bob Cuddy who stand up and tell all that the voters have had enough of the mudslinging and negative talk. We want to hear about the issues and how the candidates plan to address the problems facing us.
My husband and I have more than once been driven to change our vote because of negative campaigning. When will the candidates take note of this? I wish more people would speak up. Must we look forward to five months of negative ads? Spare us!
I grew up on the East Coast and hadn’t had the pleasure of visiting California until just recently. Driving north on the Pacific Coast Highway, I was finally seeing with my own eyes what so many people have tried to describe to me, the beauty and intrigue of the Pacific meeting with the shores of California.
Needless to say, I was quite shocked and rather saddened when I stopped by the Nipomo sand dunes and witnessed the large number of vehicles that were roaming over the beach.
I thought it was general knowledge that the beach and particularly the dunes are delicate parts of our ecosystem and I think it’s a shame that for the mere cheapness of recreation, vehicles are allowed to destroy what I believe should be protected land.
Saddened by blemish
During my first week in California, I was taken by its striking beauty, as I had no doubt it would live up to its majestic reputation. But I had no idea that the mountains, always looming in sight, would provide such a spiritual, if you will, backdrop.
We made our way up through southern California, entering through Yuma, Ariz. By chance of default, we continued to drive north and settled somewhat comfortably in a town called Nipomo.
Residents of the area talked about the Nipomo Dunes with a charm completely unique and self-born. Upon reaching the area, I was saddened by the stretch of vehicles along the beach. There seemed to be plenty of parking available and an on-foot trek could prove to be satisfying, if people would give it a chance.
Wouldn’t most agree that cars damage the ecosystem there, as well as blemish the view?
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‘Shimmy Shake Shine’
I recently attended a production of “Shimmy Shake Shine” at the San Luis Obispo Little Theatre. Thank you for such a fun Sunday afternoon. Thank you Suzy Miller, Robyn Metchik, the cast and everyone involved in the production. We are so fortunate to have so much talent in our community.
If you have not seen “Shimmy Shake Shine,” go! It is guaranteed to blow your mind and make you smile.