March 15, 2012: Our readers write

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It’s a spending problem
I recently read “Not in Our Best Interests,” a March 9 letter to the editor. Being able to debate and voice one’s opinion is uniquely American and I appreciate the writer’s views. However, I disagree with his assessment.
Washington does not have a tax problem. It has a spending problem.
After hearing from thousands of constituents from across the 2nd District over the past three years, I believe my values are in line with an overwhelming majority that does not support raising taxes and increasing federal spending.
The letter referenced a pledge I signed not to increase taxes. This pledge was a commitment not to raise taxes on the American people. Small business owners and job creators need more certainty and lower taxes so they can continue to create jobs and get our economy moving again. 
The president’s 2013 fiscal year budget proposes the largest tax increase in our nation’s history on families and small businesses — $1.9 trillion in new taxes. Even with all these new taxes proposed, the federal budget would never balance again under his proposal.
This year’s deficit is reaching $1.5 trillion, running our nation’s total debt up to $15.4 trillion. Washington borrows 36 cents of every dollar it spends. We have the responsibility to protect the future of our nation. Continuing down the path of tax, borrow and spend is the not way back to economic prosperity.
As always, I encourage anyone in the district to contact me with your thoughts by visiting my website, www.Guthrie.house.gov.  
Brett Guthrie
U.S. Congress
Kentucky’s 2nd Congressional District

Laws would suppress Democratic voters
It is a shame that politics are so nasty and appalling now.  What happened to the best candidate wins?  I believe not allowing all eligible voters to vote will cause the country to regress 50 years.
Republican-backed voter suppression bills are sweeping the country and the results aren’t pretty.
We’ve already seen these new laws deny basic voting rights to an 86-year-old Ohio war veteran, a class of Florida high school students and a former Tennessee congressman – who was turned away at the polls on Super Tuesday.
Forecasts predict voter suppression laws could deny 5 million traditionally Democratic voters the right to vote – allowing Republicans to steal elections up and down the ballot.
Now, Republican governors in the key states of Virginia and Pennsylvania are poised to sign new voting restrictions into law.
It’s a blatant assault on our democracy, but Republicans know preventing Democrats from voting is a sure-fire ticket to defeating President Barack Obama and other Democratic candidates this November. We must fight back against voter suppression now, before it’s too late. Let the best candidate win. The country should allow the people to choose the best canddate for president and not let dirty politics trample on the rights of the elderly, college students and low-income families.
Marcus Dixon