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OPINION Thursday, May 26, 2016 continued from page 4 fense infrastructure, and education combined. By 2050, they could be more than three times historical spending on those investments, as a share of GDP." The problem grows over time be- cause six out of every 10 tax-dollars goes to paying for so-called entitle- ments, most notably Social Security and Medicare. Entitlement spend- ing increases as more people retire and life expectancy increases. Compounding the problem is fewer workers are paying Social Security taxes. For example, in 1950 there were 16 workers for every Social Security recipient. By 2011, it dropped to three and is expected to go to two by 2030. CBO projects that healthcare spending by all sectors of the economy - government, business and consumers - will climb to 25 percent of GDP by 2040 even though healthcare costs per capita have grown less rapidly in recent years. On the tax side, Peterson believes there could be $1.3 trillion in ad- ditional revenues from individual income tax reforms alone. "Our tax system is complex, con- fusing, inefficient and unfair. The tax code is riddled with tax expen- ditures, or 'tax breaks,' including loopholes, deductions, exemptions, credits and preferential rates," Pe- terson added. Some of the reform ideas may include national consumption and carbon taxes. The consumption tax would work like our state's sales tax and exempt food and medicine. Restoring economic prosper- ity and fostering a climate of job growth is important as well. Indi- vidual income taxes are nearly half of the federal government revenue Thank from ML Food Bank The citizens of Medical Lake came through again. The Post'Office had a food drive and our shelves are stocked. Thank you to all who contributed and to the drivers who picked up the sacks of food on their routes. The Medical Lake Food Bank Joyce Callaway Medical Lake stream. Social Security and Medi- care taxes add another 33 percent. They rise as employment rises. Both Clinton and Trump would be wise to look at the Simpson- Bowles report released in 2010. Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo- ming) and Erskine Bowles, former White House Chief of Staff under Bill Clinton, took the approach there is no silver bullet. It is a combina- tion of taxes, economic growth and spending reductions. Everything must be on the table and postponing the difficult decisions is not an option. The American voters need to know what both candidates will do about our skyrocketing debt. There will be push back, but ig- noring it is an injustice to our grand- children who will pay the bill. Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He retired as presi- dent of the Association of Washington Busi- ness, the state's oldest and largest business organization, and now lives in Vancouver. 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