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Lance to Take Questions on State of Congress

Lance is holding a town hall meeting Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, holding a town hall meeting at the municipal complex on Commons Way, and inviting residents to speak to him about any of their concerns about Congress.

So we want to know, what would you like to speak to Rep. Lance about?

Do you have concerns or questions about any federal agencies? Do you have questions about current issues before Congress?

Lance will be answering any questions and addressing concerns, after making an opening statement about the state of Congress.

So tell us in the comments what you think are some of the most important topics Lance should be addressing for Somerset County right now.

And head to the municipal complex for the town hall from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Taxes August 17, 2012 at 01:52 PM
So it would be ok to take even more money from people so long as the percentage of people you take it from is below some level you set? Look, If the government needs more money let them take it from everybody. If everyone feels the pain of increasing taxes, a lot less people like you would be favor of increasing taxation. Everyone wants the government to give them something, but remember government is only taking it from somebody and giving it back to someone else. At some point the size of government becomes so large, it collapses. We need government to do the things that benefit the collective good but stop making it responsible for trying to do social engineering. No one wants to see people homeless and starving and I am willing to pay taxes to prevent that from happening but this class warfare of only take more from the rich because they can afford it is wrong. I have 42 men and women who work for me and I feel that I am personally responsible for each family. In 2008 when the crash came I did not take a dime from the business. I paid my employees even when we had no work for them. I did not lay them off or reduce their pay. In fact, the business has only made a profit these last two years. I survived because I had investments that paid dividends that allowed my family to pay its bills. It is really hard running a business, you should try it. I bet your viewpoint would be different. By the way, that “sound bite” was spoken by Winston Churchill.
Gary August 17, 2012 at 03:06 PM
To the extent that I do not want to live in a plutocracy where the government supports a greedy segment of society where in the last 30 years 40% of the incremental wealth in this country has gone to the top 0.00015% (15K of 100M house holds) and 95% the top 10% at the sake of other people not being able to obtain basic medical coverage and have some sort of annuity that will help them (or their family) when they are no longer able to help themselves. If that can be resolved by making un-earned income taxed as ordinary income then I'm okay with that. My only point (which we will clearly agree to disagree) is that "trickle down" theory does not work, it only enriches a statistically small percentage of the population. If that makes me liberal so be it, I can live with that.
Kelly August 18, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Taxman: "the lower tax rate on unearned income encourages investment which creates jobs" I keep hearing this argument but honestly, I disagree with it. What do savings accounts earn today? 1 or 2%? The government would have to tax my return on investment close to 98% to make it not worth it for me to invest. (I know that I am over-simplifying and not taking into account compounding interest, etc.) My point is, if you can have more $$ in 6 mo. than you have now, why wouldn't you invest? Because the tax rate is too high in case you make a bunch of money? That doesn't sound reasonable to me.
Average Joe September 10, 2012 at 05:30 PM
I agree that everyone should pay the same percentage of tax. That includes those who are on welfare, food stamps, unemployment income, disability income which is essentially unearned income.
Gary September 10, 2012 at 08:32 PM
No offense, but your suggestion applies a very skewed math to an equation that's heavily biased towards a statistically small % of the population. To contend that the 50M people making less than $50K should (on a % of earned income) pay the same % as top 400 earners (which btw starts at a net worth of >$1B) is really quite unfair.

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