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Voice: Maybe Democrats should not cash tax refund checks

August 31, 2001

The Democratic leaders in Washington have been wringing their hands over the fact that the tax surplus will only be $165 billion this year, compared to the projected $270 billion in April. They blame our president's tax refund checks for the shortfall.

For once, the liberals are correct. The checks we are receiving are coming straight from the treasury, so of course the surplus will be less. The truth is we have a federal budget and we are being charged an extra $165 billion than it needs. That's like being charged $10 for a gallon of milk at the store.

Money-hungry Democrats are painfully aware they are losing this extra pork. Their "doom and gloom" propaganda is being echoed by big media without question, which scares investors, which hurts the stock market, which damages the United States' economy.

Big media and powerful liberals want a troubled economy when a Republican is in office because they can demonize him and be our savior. They don't care about the working man; they want the issue, they want the power.

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If the Democrats are actually telling the truth for once, and being overtaxed is actually a good thing, everyone in the Valley who voted for Gore should be faithful to their party and simply not cash their refund checks, thereby keeping that money in Washington where they assure us it will be better spent.

Or you can vote Republican next time around. They don't want to hurt you. They won't take anything from you. They simply want you to be free.

GUY MANNING

El Centro

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