I’ve written about the truth as to how George Bush was so instrumental in getting us into this $16 trillion debt mess. Now let’s figure out how to get out of it. Both candidates feel the way out is to get more people back to work, hence bringing in more revenue (taxes). President Obama has a plan, which is a jobs bill that failed passing by the inept and antagonistic 133rd U.S. Congress.
That bill was and is to be paid for by rolling back permanently the Bush tax cuts to the wealthy and leaving the rest of the tax schedule in place. Mitt Romney has said that he wants to lower taxes 20 percent across the board, and proposes taking the top rate of the wealthy from 35 to 28 percent.
Romney thinks the rich will invest those tax savings into creating jobs. He proclaims this new growth along with some undisclosed changes in tax deductions and abolishing some loopholes will recoup the estimated $3 trillion to $5 trillion cost of his plan.
That sounds familiar. Give the wealthiest Americans more and it will trickle down. Don’t buy it. It didn’t work under Reagan, and it didn’t work under Bush. The rich get richer, and the middle class gets crushed out of existence.
“There are two ideas of government. There are those who believe that if you just legislate to make the well-to-do prosperous, that their prosperity will leak through on those below. The Democratic idea has been that if you legislate to make the masses prosperous, their prosperity will find its way up and through every class that rests upon it.”
– William Jennings Bryan, 1896
And let’s get realistic. Taxes need to go up across the board to get this debt in check. The wealthiest can afford it now, and the rest of us should expect higher taxes as the economy and our sense of personal security improves in the coming years. Keep in mind, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office the average federal tax rate on every aspect of our society is at its lowest point since 1979.
I’ve had the privilege to live all over Garfield County over the last eight years. I’ve spread that time between Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Rifle and most recently Carbondale.
I’m also blessed to work in an industry that allows me to interact with a diverse group of business owners. One thing I’ve noticed is the amazing impact one industry has on our local economies. Have we learned nothing from our past?
Garfield County cannot and should not risk being a one-industry county again. Our leadership has a responsibility to promote and advocate for small businesses and key industries in the county to ensure a diverse economy. We need an economy that is not subject to the whims of one or two international corporations.
Aleks Briedis has repeatedly used health and recreation industries as an example of where our county can diversify its economic interests. His stated goal is to “Make Garfield County the healthiest in the state.” The nerve of him! How dare he want to build an active, healthy community for his and our children to grow up in? How could he possibly believe that is reasonable, or even possible? What could he possibly be thinking?
The truth is that Aleks Briedis has run on a diverse platform that includes the goal of making Garfield County the healthiest in the state of Colorado. This is not a goal you can set lightly and leave as an afterthought in your campaign. It’s certainly not one he can or has “advocated for to a fault.”
Aleks Briedis brings a different leadership style as a county commissioner. He believes in this radical idea of listening first, then deciding the right course of action. Far too often, we have heard the commissioners make up their minds before public input is considered. They’ve dismissed the very people they work for and suppressed the voice they are supposed to advocate for.
Aleks Briedis is the right leader for Garfield County. He has my vote.
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