Opinion: Tired of ‘tough choices’ budget talk

I’m getting a little tired of the “tough choices” budget fixing talk.
To me there’s nothing noble about balancing the budget by cutting the benefits to the people who are already suffering the impact of a poor economy. It seems especially two-faced to say that you’re going to reduce taxes, but then cut the services that lower and middle income people need to survive while the pockets of the wealthy continue to sag from the burden of the dollars that are put there from the work of the lower and middle classes.
I can’t help but think there’s a flaw in a system that allows people to make millions of dollars a year on the shoulders of people making 10, 20, or 30 dollars per hour. To me, a tough choice would be to reduce the paychecks of state and federal legislators and eliminate tax shelters and loopholes for people making over 100 times the lowest wage in a company. — Bill Strei, Elk River

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