In either case, I expect the deficit to grow substantially with either candidate despite their protestations
Jeff Seemann: You can believe President Kerry because he has the right priorities. You can believe Senator Kerry because he knows how to veto expenditures if necessary. That is why we have record deficits and debt right now.
There is NO reason to believe President Bush. And if you like that, and want more of the same, vote for him. If you want a President who recognizes priorities in a budget and is willing to make tough choices to keep down debt, then the right choice is Senator Kerry.
John Hawkins: Show me a candidate who supports a Balanced Budget Amendment and I'll show a candidate serious about controlling spending. Neither candidate does. If you want low taxes and an expanding deficit, vote for Bush. If you want higher taxes, more government spending, and an expanding deficit, vote for Kerry.
Jeff Seemann: I have nothing to add except it is obvious that President Bush cannot manage a budget. He just can't say no. He is addicted to spending. He hasn't vetoed a single spending bill. If you want more of the same, vote for W. If you want an administration with priorities and a real shot at taking care of the important things in the U.S. - Vote for Senator Kerry.
Moderator: Who has the best strategy for re-energizing the economy and replenishing the jobs lost during the current administration's term, Kerry or Bush and why?
Jeff Seemann: The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results. We were told the first tax cut would create jobs and stimulate the economy…no dice. The second, the third, the fourth… How many times do we have to cut taxes for the wealthiest among us before we recognize the President's tax cuts are not the answer for the average American.
If you are millionaire, fine. He stimulated your personal economy, but did nothing for the middle class.
Senator Kerry has the best plan, and here is why. If you give a person making $30,000 a year an extra $3,000 - They will go out and spend that money on consumer goods, food, supplies - the things they need to sustain themselves and their families. If you give a man or woman making $4,000,000 a year $60,000, what are they going to do with it? They are going to put it in the bank and it makes no difference to them. Even if it is invested in the stock market, the only people that see the benefits are the wealthiest among us, corporate owners. And we see the good that has done in creating jobs. They take the profits and move them offshore, with our quality jobs to follow shortly after.