Letter: Gov't stimulus is not the answer

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus speaks about the national RNC Chairman Reince Priebus speaks about the national debt clock to delegates on day one of the 2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, FL. (Aug. 27, 2012) Photo Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

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I have to disagree with the letter "More gov't stimulus needed for recovery" [Oct. 7]. This argument fails to answer one major question: Who will pay for the thousands of teachers, police officers and other public employees after the stimulus money is spent?

The answer is that we, the U.S. taxpayers, will get stuck with the bill. And, on Long Island, where we have some of the highest-paid teachers and police in the country, and nearly the highest property taxes, this would result in our property and school taxes going even higher. Putting more teachers, police and public employees on government payrolls is not job creation!

President Barack Obama has spent billions of dollars on stimulus, yet actual unemployment is much higher than the official 7.8 percent. If a former white-collar worker is now cooking hamburgers at a national chain, should that person be considered fully employed?

Increased government spending must be balanced by increased government taxation, or the result will be eventual government bankruptcy.

Robert Kralick, Glen Head

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