Here’s a glance at opinion content published today in The Journal News:
Obama on jobs, deficit: Editorial
We comment on President Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act proposal, which he advanced in a Sept. 8 address to Congress, and his Monday announcement on plans to reduce the federal deficit. We write:
… On the heels of the sweeping jobs program Obama outlined last week, the president on Monday set forth his vision for paying for the badly needed initiative: a plan to cut some $3.6 trillion from the deficit over the next 10 years — through a balanced approach that is roughly 60 percent spending cuts, including to entitlement programs, and 40 percent tax increases on the wealthy and corporations. The president has long touted such shared sacrifice, only to have Republicans refuse, even threatening to torpedo the economy if they did not get their way. What followed was one half-baked compromise and giveaway after another, most recently during the battle to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. No more.
Obama flat-out rejected the GOP’s damaging, cuts-only approach; his plan — in addition to making measured cuts that preserve vital programs for the middle-class and poor — proposes $1.5 trillion in tax increases over 10 years, including allowing the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts on high-income earners to expire, limiting some deductions for high earners, and closing certain loopholes for the rich and corporations. His approach is far preferable to the $1.5 trillion in across-the-board cuts that kick in if Congress cannot agree on debt-reduction this year. …”
Clarkstown schools: Commentary
Robert Ward Kurkela, a New City resident, comments on recent a recent decision by the Clarkstown Central School District’s Board of Education to decline the assistance of a special education evaluator. Kurkela alleges that the district is failing to meet the needs of special-education students.
Here’s a taste of what our colleagues are saying today:
Fairness isn’t ‘class warfare’: Editorial, The Buffalo News
Too many wealthy investors aren’t sacrificing enough: Editorial, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Don’t make state Senate any bigger: Editorial, Albany Times Union
Look beyond drilling jobs numbers: Editorial, Poughkeepsie Journal