Overheard on CNN.com: Should Congress let Bush tax cuts expire?
July 22nd, 2011
04:54 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Should Congress let Bush tax cuts expire?

Comment of the Day

"I can't believe that I have to read an article about elected officials asking permission of a nonelected outsider whether or not they can vote their conscience. Isn't this a kind of 'taxation without representation?' Norquist should run for office if he wants to make American policy. Or, I guess he doesn't have to? Who else is behind the secret curtain that the GOP bows to?–helpme911

An end to Bush-era tax cuts near?

Anti-tax-increase lobbyist Grover Norquist told the Washington Post's editorial board that legislators voting to let the Bush-era tax cuts expire would not be breaking their tax pledges. Democrats saw his comments as a way out of the debt-ceiling impasse, giving Republicans "permission" to let the Bush tax breaks expire. Many CNN.com readers agreed.

KaptainKhaos said, "OK, Guys in the GOP, one more time: Let go of the Bush tax cuts. They were crazy and irresponsible back in 2001. That was before the war. We spent our asses off in the last 10 years, GOP and Democrats both. As for you in the tea party: the credit card is maxed out; we can't just not pay. Let's get together and pay the tab and just try to make sure this never happens again."

pankster said, "C'mon Teabaggers, even your demi-god Grover Norquist thinks you've gone too far. Get out of the GOP already, you are destroying the party and ensuring single party rule for the Democrats."

Readers questioned why the cuts should be extended if they did not fulfill their purpose. Dale2000 asked, "The Bush tax cuts have been in place for 10 years ... have they worked yet?" celtic61 replied, "Tax rates for the wealthy are currently lower than any time since 1928. The fed and states are broke. Hmmmm, doesn't take a rocket scientist."

msemon said, "Where are the jobs the Bush tax credit was supposed to create? We should have created millions or jobs instead of losing them. It was a gimme for the rich and corporations. Little trickled down. Norquist and his anti-tax zealots don't base any of their arguments on reality and the cost of things. If you want roads, bridges, military, trash pickup - these all cost money. They just don't want to pay taxes."

DanFromParma said, "It's my money. Who the hell are you to tell me what I should and should not do with my money? You want to support every bleeding-heart cause, go for it. But don't expect me to, and don't try to force me to."

BanHammer replied, "Who is forcing you to do anything? You do benefit from taxes whether you like it or not: the roads you drive on, the water you drink, the air you breathe even, and all the other 'social welfare' programs you take advantage of." iEvolved added, "Sorry if regulations that make products safer and make treating employees fair are a hindrance. Sorry if paying a fair share of taxes is a financial burden."

VinceK said, "Seeing as how taxes are the lowest in 60 years, I'd say we have a ways to go before we're satisfied ... so yes, be prepared for all of us to want more of your taxes. Deal with it."

Why one good teacher decided to quit

An experienced, successful teacher of high-level math, Linda DeRegnaucourt has decided to return to school for a nursing degree because she cannot afford to teach. "I hate to have to leave it," DeRegnaucourt said. "I really thought I was going to be that teacher, 65 years old and retiring from the education field.

courtjeztur asked, "Why is it that when budget cuts are proposed it automatically means teachers, firefighters and police officers get the brunt of it?"

River213 said, "This lady sounds like an excellent teacher, and it's tragic that she's leaving a job she loves. Then it has me thinking that 'Tea Partiers' want to cut educational spending? If we don't teach the next generation properly we're doomed to be a country of friggin' morons and then people from China, India and other countries will be in charge of the economy, not America."

chris33stars said, "I value education and believe that the service of educating my children is a top priority, and therefore $38k for an experienced, highly qualified teacher is not a good salary. I made that as an entry-level accounting assistant 10 years ago, plus benefits. I make more than double that now and I'm not even a CPA. My oldest daughter recently graduated from college and makes more than that per hour as a temp doing data entry and receptionist positions."

Some readers, however, thought teachers should be happy with what they make, and were aggravated at the idea of tax-funded pensions and benefits. zimmer49 said, "You sound like all the rest off us who are bearly(sic) makeing (sic) it in todays (sic) world (sic) what makes a Teacher (sic) any better than the TAX PAYER (sic) who pay your wages" (sic)

yalltheh8 replied, "Hey ZIMMER49, your spelling and grammer (sic) are absolutely terrible. Apparently your school system failed you, which is why you are so mad at teachers in general."

Hindu diners sue Indian restaurant for selling meat samosas

Vegetarians are suing an Indian restaurant for serving them meat samosas that they were assured were meat-free. The Hindu customers want the restaurant to pay them compensation for a trip to the Hindu holy town of Haridwar, India, where they can cleanse themselves and their souls in the Ganges. CNN.com readers of different religions said the diners' demand was over the top.

notborncynical said, "Give me a break.. They didn't eat the meat intentionally so they didn't sin. I think they just want a free vacation trip home." Katie said, "Meat will not hurt you. God will understand that you didn't mean to eat it. After all, is 'he' not all-knowing? Religious fanatics, get a life."

Raheel said, "I am a Muslim and there have been plenty of times where someone has accidentally put pork in my food. I just asked that my order be remade. If it happens by accident, get over it. It is ridiculous how you can sue over anything." bob said, "I'm Jewish and mistakes happen sometimes. I call BS." KBG said, "I am a Hindu and I think this lawsuit is stupid. Those diners need to get their heads straight. They ate it without knowledge and it doesn't hurt their karmic life. Spare the eatery and let it go."

Jain said, "There is no rule within Hinduism that asks for a person to go to Ganges after eating meat. In fact Hinduism says you can cleanse yourself by sprinkling some water from Ganges in U.S. and they are also sold here in U.S."

But not all readers agreed. Ruth said, "NOT an 'honest mistake.' This is a vegetarian's nightmare. I hope they pay through the nose!"

think rational said, "I think the judgment as per Solomon would be:
The restaurant should pay one-way fare to Haridwar, India, to all these diners. And the diners should stay in Haridwar until their next birth, when they are completely purified."

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Gary Johndro

    Max, I get it now! You were not saying anything about the content of the post, you were talking about how someone constantly steals other people's names, right? Oh, we can't have that, can we? Sorry about that, it takes me a while for the thought process to catch up. You're right, of course!
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    I get it now!
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    July 23, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ricky

      I had type a article about 911 attack it's about acting,but now i am wrong,because George W. Bush it's the one who face the attack about terrorist. George W. Bush work with enemy but the Osama Bin Laden break the contract about the fighting the wars,he invade the United States not according to the deal fighting the war at Afghanistan,to hit the world trade center tow building ,cause thousand peoples dead! Brack Obama know the truth but work with Osama Bin Laden act with him and creat the fake victory let the whole America feel joys,he work with Osama Bin Laden to act to let Obama catch him,but he is dead for sure,Obama's sin it's huge to make this false!because Osama Bin Laden not dead!!!

      July 25, 2011 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. MrUniteUs

    Spending cuts equals job cuts. The result is lower revenue, lower consumer spending, and hire social coast. So they do little to reduce the defict. The best way to reduce the deficit is to increase employment.

    The Bush tax cuts were bad news from the start. They started on June 7, 2001. By August 1, the 2001 billion dollar surplus Bush inherited was all gone an he had to borrow 51 billion dollars. August 1, 2011 would be a good day to end the bush tax cuts. By the time Bush left office the budget defict
    Had grown from 51 billion to 1.4 trillion. dollars. Unemployment, and the national debt, doubled.
    Congress added 1 trillion dollars to the national debt in December 2010, knowing that this required the debt ceiling. to be raise. So either raise the debt ceiling or the repeal the extension, of the Bush tax cuts.
    The government will have to do one or the other to avoid going into default.
    Despite all the scary predictions, the economy.boomed after taxes were raised. during the Clinton years. Unemployment fell to 4%, 22 million jobs were created. We had budget surplus until to 2 months after Bush tax cut were signed in to the law. Lets end of the deficit generating Bush tax cuts, on the tenth anniversary of the budget deficit, August 1.2011. Congresman Moran stated on the floor this week that Had we kept the Clinton era tax rates in place the National debt this year would be zero. That's true and we would also have much more lower commodity prices.

    July 23, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fernace

    I think, 1'st of all that there is 1 troll posting all these peoples names because it's a fun passtime for him/her! 2'ndly the "trickle down" is still stuck in the 80's with the Reagan administration! 3'rd & most important is to raise the damn debt ceiling, balance the damn budget & don't give the rich anymore loopholes! That goes for corperations, too, & they should Not be able to call themselves "a person, an individual" for tax purposes! Those who claim the poor don't pay taxes, what planet do you call home!? My 74 year old mom has to pay taxes on her Social Security! All who yammer about"socialism this & communism that" it behooves you to know Your Own system before shooting off the mouth about things you don't understand!!

    July 23, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. lordleonusa

    absolutely yes, we cannot afford them.

    July 23, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Julian Polecat

    Bush's presidency was a disaster area a son of a wealthy politician with no experience in management or finance. He couldn't be bothered to leave vacation to investigate the terrorist threat of Bin Laden and the result was the loss of thousands of unsuspecting innocent lives plus the 50,000 lives killed and injured in the inefficient Iraq war. The Coup De Gras was tax cuts for the rich which only created a bigger mess from the terrorist one. Clintons formula worked but Bush wanted to reinvent the wheel because of his narcissist tendencies he could do no wrong. He fell flat on his face on both decisions. Lesson learned you don't elect inexperienced politicans you elect people with pedigree and track record.

    July 23, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      Thank you, Julian. Well said.

      July 23, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    The troll is now on a campaign to reverse my views, signing my name to opinions opposing mine.

    July 23, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. AJ

    The 20.00 I get per week making 50K you mean? How about conservatives shove that up their_______________. Let em expire.

    July 24, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rumble

    EVERYBODY, pay 10% tax..............No charities, no exemptions, no churches, NOBODY !!!. We'll be out of debt in three (3) years, if not sooner.

    July 24, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. @Ricky

    Whatever.

    July 25, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. Msdetermine

    I feel we need to put a end to bush taxes that only benefits the wealthy. He also did us wrong when people were working and raising 5 kids. Then we could only filed for 2 only. Shame he has left us in rukus and poverty. I believe if you have more you pay more. Poor people have no expenses or write-offs. Please let Obama do his job you bias americans.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. psydoc91

    If we all would stop relying on others for our information and start doing some reading and research we would find some truely astounding information. For example, I was surprised to learn that the national debt from 1776 to 1977 was approximately two Trillion five hundred Billion. The debt that can be be blamed on the Democrats from 1977 to 2010 is two Trillion one hundred fourty Billion while the debt that the Republicans are responsible for duriing that same period is nine trillion one hundred ten Billion. WOW!! those Republicans and their cohorts beginning with Regan and passing through Bush 1 and Bush 2 really knew how to run an economy. More tax cuts for the wealthy anyone?

    July 26, 2011 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tyler

    The BUSH TAX CUTS should stay in plaace so the People can save more of thier money and use it for whatever they want to

    July 26, 2011 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
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