Listen to CEOs on reducing deficit

Republican members of Congress should listen to leaders of some of our country’s largest businesses on what’s needed to reduce the federal deficit. CEOs from more than 80 major U.S. companies – including Microsoft, AT&T, General Electric and Dow Chemical Co. – are urging Congress to raise taxes and cut spending, including entitlements. The group supports the proposal by the federal deficit-reduction commission that called for about $3 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax increases. But nearly every Republican member of Congress has pledged to never, ever raise taxes, no matter what. According to Grover Norquist’s group, Americans for Tax Reform, every member of Kansas’ congressional delegation except Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Overland Park, has pledged to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income-tax rates for individuals and/or businesses.”