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13th District candidates take opposing views on cause, fix, for deficit

Mon, 09 Jul 2012 04:22:48 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

Some election year campaigns are breaking down into a battle between the need for deficit reduction and potential harm to the economy from large scale cuts to the government employment sector. But, the major party candidates in the 13th district are resisting that comparison. Republican Rodney Davis of Taylorville says smart deficit reduction will not necessarily stifle economic growth...


"We need to attack the debt, and we need to make some tough financial decisions in Washington. What we, we don't need cuts across the board, but what we do need is to re-prioritize the way Washington spends money."
Democrat David Gill says Government spending is not the problem that created the deficit...


"We have a revenue crisis in this country. You know, decade after decade they have ratchet down the top tax rates on the millionaires and the billionaires and uh, there's dozens of large corporations in this country that have paid zero, or negative tax."

Gill says the top marginal tax rate during the Eisenhower presidency was 91%. Now it's 35%. Davis says government spending on infrastructure does stimulate the economy.

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