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Coming to terms with limits

March 24, 2009 - LLee Janssen
So I read today on the Associated Press that tolls are down on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, following rate hikes last year. And recently I heard on the national news that gas tax collections also were down, the result of motorists driving less. Neither of those should come as much surprise to the political powers that be. Not, that is, if they understand that the average person must live within his or her means, having no personal bailout, no prince on white horse to sweep in and rescue them from the state of being average and living like their neighbors.

But I suspect the political powers that be will look to figure out how they can squeeze yet another dollar from those of us who are average. Don't they understand that there are limits, that the American people apparently have hit their limits, so squeezing out dimes and quarters from creative new fees and taxes, or two-day unpaid furloughs that jeopardize the average person's ability to pay the bills, that those aren't the answers.

Let's instead start squeezing from the top. Show me a lawmaker who is willing to sacrifice his lifetime health care that comes with retiring from the public payroll and who is willing to live like those squeaking by in private industry.

The door to my office is open.


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