The urgency of growth

  • Article by: E.J. DIONNE JR. , Washington Post
  • Updated: January 28, 2013 - 11:07 AM

The moment's highest priority should be speeding economic growth and ending the waste. But you would never know this in Washington.

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jimmywestoneJan. 28, 1311:39 AM

I think that it is more important for people to start saving money. It will do us no good if we are spending more than we are making to grow the economy if no one has any money for retirement because they are spending money instead of saving money. What we really need is new technology and innovation. Why do you think the economy did so good in the 90's? One word.... innovation

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mharris77Jan. 28, 1311:41 AM

What a bunch of statist apologetic nonsense. The economy is mired in stagnation BECAUSE of the incompetence and constant destructive interventions of our all-knowing overlords in Washington. Any real growth is occurring in SPITE of them, certainly not because of them. So today, there are ever increasing millions in this country addicted to government spending (the warfare state, the welfare state, the plutocrats in corporate America, big-Ag, big-Pharma, etc), but the author would have us believe we can somehow cure those addictions without having to endure the always unpleasant effects of addiction withdrawal. He is in as much denial as the lion’s share of our congress.

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mplsjimJan. 28, 1312:14 PM

Statist problems caused by Washington!!! Wow, sounds so 2004. What nonsense. Broad ideological and partisan strokes do not make for policy, they only make for second rate entertainment.

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FrankLJan. 28, 13 2:00 PM

The issue is that when growth returns, the politicians can't go on a spending spree. That is why the public pensions are in a mess. As soon as the good times roll, the pensions end up increasing the benefits instead of saving the extra cash for a rainy day.

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my4centsJan. 28, 13 2:21 PM

My excitement and hope from the title of this piece (The urgency of growth) was quickly ended by the recipe provided by E.J. DIONNE. While the deficit should not be our only focus, where is Dionne's call for pro-growth tax rates? If the deficit is not the issue, why did Obama insist on raising income taxes - even while other taxes are increased as a result of Obamacare? Somehow Dionne believes that government agencies can't "plan when budgets are always up in the air," yet has no problem with an administration that has been threatening and pushing for higher taxes on businesses and individuals ever since sunning for office. Take the excessive taxation and the threat of more away from citizens and growth will return.

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ninetyninerJan. 28, 13 2:39 PM

The only thing standing in our way to economic growth is the GOP by: threats to default on our debt by not raising debt ceiling, not passing a long term budget, and using political theatre to distract us from what's important.

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proudeagleJan. 28, 13 5:02 PM

Government leaders should be planning for sustaneable growth and setting our spending plans accordingly rather than plannig for wild and unsustaneable growth as was experienced in the 1990's.

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conniemercerJan. 28, 13 5:06 PM

ninetyniner - You ever hear Obama talk about raising the debt ceiling when he was a part time senator? You should be ashamed of him now. He is not only a hypocrite but has buried our nation in debt and bankrupted our grand children's future.

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potter101Jan. 28, 13 7:20 PM

immywestone Jan. 28, 13 11:39 AM I think that it is more important for people to start saving money. It will do us no good if we are spending more than we are making to grow the economy if no one has any money for retirement because they are spending money instead of saving money. What we really need is new technology and innovation. Why do you think the economy did so good in the 90's? One word.... innovation**************************Well said and the key to inovation is education at all levels. We have one of the parties thinking that the only thing education is good for is a place to cut the budget from.

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potter101Jan. 28, 13 7:28 PM

my4cents Jan. 28, 13 2:21 PM My excitement and hope from the title of this piece (The urgency of growth) was quickly ended by the recipe provided by E.J. DIONNE. While the deficit should not be our only focus, where is Dionne's call for pro-growth tax rates? If the deficit is not the issue, why did Obama insist on raising income taxes - even while other taxes are increased as a result of Obamacare? Somehow Dionne believes that government agencies can't "plan when budgets are always up in the air," yet has no problem with an administration that has been threatening and pushing for higher taxes on businesses and individuals ever since sunning for office. Take the excessive taxation and the threat of more away from citizens and growth will*************************Our great leader raised taxes on a group of people who have taken advantage of this country long enough, their free ride is over , federally and in states like Mn. Where a blind eye looking another direction has been fixed and sees the reality of this group sucking up everything they can at the government trough.

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