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McNerney hosts student forum for high schoolers

Original post made on Mar 25, 2011

An event on Thursday meant mostly to listen to teens from three of the four San Ramon Valley high schools turned into more of a question and answer session for Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton). Students asked about everything from the federal deficit to school funding, although one area, gay marriage, seemed to draw the most questions and comments.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, March 24, 2011, 3:36 PM

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Posted by Highlander
a resident of Montair Elementary School
on Mar 25, 2011 at 9:26 am

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Someone should have asked him whether it's fair for their (the high school kids') generation to have to pay taxes necessary to repay $14 trillion in debt AND the $110 trillion of unfunded liabilities related to social security and medicare. Politicians are bankrupting the country and asking their generation to pay for corrupt policies and out-of-control spending dating back to the 1930s.

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Posted by Duffy
a resident of Danville
on Mar 25, 2011 at 9:28 am

Ho Hum!

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Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on Mar 25, 2011 at 10:18 am

I wonder if Jerry mentioned to the students that after us taxpayers paid over a hundred thousand dollars for Jerry to attend the military academey, he dropped out without graduating, and did not pay back the academy for the money we wasted on him. This was the first of many acts Jerry committed to bankrupt our country. He is the last person who should be speaking and giving advice to our students about education and the deficit.

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Posted by danville dad
a resident of Danville
on Mar 25, 2011 at 11:07 am

Someone should have asked him if it's fair that the ignorant anti-tax religion in CA for the last 30 years has made it almost impossible for a current HS grad with a 4.0 GPA to get into a UC?

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Posted by psmacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Mar 25, 2011 at 11:08 am

"One of the topics raised will be brought to Washington D.C. for the congressman to discuss on the House floor."

What does this mean!?!
Jerry doesn't have enough real business to get to that he needs topics from High Schoolers to "discuss" in Washington? He's just going to choose his own pet topic anyway--it's not like he's going to let the students choose democratically, is he?
How about actually balancing the budget and cutting the cost/size of government. Quit schmoozing and get to work!

BTW, I do LIKE Jerry's message to the students, regarding the level of world-wide competition, in the following quotes:
""They want (t)hose things and they look at it as a zero-sum game," he said. "They want to take it away by being better students. … It's up to you guys.
"My challenge is do it -- get good at something," he continued."

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Posted by psmacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Mar 25, 2011 at 11:18 am

The "ignorant anti-tax religion in CA" is ONLY THERE because politicians (especially Dems) have consistently refused to cut the costs of their own empires for many years and have never seen a dollar that they didn't know how to spend.
Imagine what percentage of YOUR annual income you would be paying for taxes and "government" today, if the Conservatives had not taken this "anti-tax increase" stance in the past few years.
Do you want to be a slave to Rome.....or a freeman? That is the question (and it is fast upon us)!

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Posted by Highlander
a resident of Montair Elementary School
on Mar 25, 2011 at 11:50 am

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Let me confuse some of you with some facts.

While today's spending is unaffordable, tomorrow's is unsustainable.

Entitlement spending is set to explode as baby boomers flood into the programs. It really starts in earnest this year when the first boomers begin getting Medicare. This tsunami of spending is so massive that, in less than two generations, it will claim all taxes. It will drive total federal spending from its historic average of 20 percent of the economy to nearly 40 percent. Deficits nearly as large as the entire federal budget today would drive the debt to 370 percent of the economy by 2052.

Even eliminating all other spending, from earmarks to defense, wouldn't solve our long-term budget problem. The simple but painful fact is that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid must be fundamentally altered if they are to continue. To pay for them as they are today would mean taxes must soar.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, every income tax rate would have to double and continually increase, reaching 25 percent for the lowest income and 88% for the highest.

We need to understand the severity of our current and long-term problems and the forces driving them so we can accept the changes (read: cuts) necessary to fix them. New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie has it right: We've been deceived and betrayed. Just as New Jersey and dozens of other states did, Washington "has promised benefits it had no way of paying for, promises they knew they couldn't keep."

So Congress and the president have two urgent obligations. First, immediately roll back the recent spending binges. Second, confront the deceit of over-promised and unaffordable benefits head-on and tackle the entitlement problem.

Anyone that argues to the contrary essentially is arguing for indentured servitude for the next generation.

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Posted by Highlander
a resident of Montair Elementary School
on Mar 25, 2011 at 1:04 pm

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Specially tailored for Danville Dad's "ignorant anti-tax religion in CA" comment:

A new study on inequality by researchers at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris reveals that when it comes to household taxes (income taxes and employee social security contributions) the U.S. "has the most progressive tax system and collects the largest share of taxes from the richest 10% of the population." The U.S. tax system is far more progressive—meaning pro-poor—than similar systems in countries most Americans identify with high taxes, such as France and Sweden.

Even after accounting for the fact that the top 10 percent of households in the U.S. have one of the highest shares of market income among OECD nations, our tax system is second only to Ireland in terms of its progressivity for households.

Who's ignorant?

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Mar 28, 2011 at 9:11 am

Two little tidbits you might be interested in Highlander:
1) even poor people in France and most other European countries have access to health care (though in many instances they may have a considerable wait), so the taxes they pay actually go toward something besides the war profiteers.
2) the cost to the American taxpayers for the OECD is $100M . Good of them to give us the results, eh?
Go ahead and google it if you don't believe me. Even ultra-con Breitbart will tell you about the tab.

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Posted by Highlander
a resident of Montair Elementary School
on Mar 28, 2011 at 9:24 am

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Do the French provide poor people and illegal immigrants access to health care? If not, we do. In the United States, poor people AND illegal immigrants have access to health care....they just walk into emergency rooms and can't be turned away. The problem in the United States isn't health care, it's how it's paid for. The small percentage of Americans and illegal aliens that don't have insurance can attribute the high costs to primarily four things: 1) the United States has the best health care system in the World; 2) most Americans get free insurance through their employer so they never question costs (lack of free market); 3) ambulance chasers drive up the cost of medical malpractice insurance and costs; and 4) the cost of health care access for poor people and illegal immigrants are borne by those that have insurance coverage.

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Posted by billr
a resident of Danville
on Mar 31, 2011 at 8:45 am

Love to hear the Socialist is hard at work buying young minds!

Stick to the voters, so we can see just what you're up too.

Move back to your wind farm or Russia!

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