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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1988
Every now and then a situation occurs in America which causes one to marvel anew at the uncanny foresight and wisdom of our Founding Fathers. A case in point--the much-maligned Electoral College which provides the mechanism for correcting President-elect George Bush's gravest mistake by allowing the selection of Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Tex.) as vice president on Dec. 19. Electors, please, make this courageous choice. ROBERT E. ASHLEY Simi Valley
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1989
In response to readers' comments on the Medicare surtax (letters, March 30): One writer stated that a married couple would have to pay a total Medicare surtax of $770 on an income tax of $2,254. The surtax for the two of them is really $341 or approximately 15% of the $2,254. This $341 is taken from the premium table in IRS Publication 943 and applies to 1989 taxes. In 1990, however, the 15% rate will be increased to 25% and in subsequent years to 28%. Another writer is correct in stating that Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Tex.
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OPINION
July 31, 1988
Dukakis made one comment in his acceptance speech that makes me think he doesn't have total confidence in his ability to govern. Dukakis said he selected Sen. Lloyd Bentsen as his running mate partly because if he is elected President he wants a vice president who will stop him when he starts to make a mistake. He thinks Bentsen will do that. It strikes me that Dukakis wants someone to play the role of a daddy. He wants someone to say to him if he starts to do wrong, "No, my son. You mustn't do that."
OPINION
April 30, 1989
The front-page article "Bentsen Seeks Cut in Medicare Surtax Placed on Elderly" (April 21) states that "Bentsen blamed 'misinformation' for much of the controversy over the surtax. He noted that the top premium $1,600 per year, would be paid by couples with incomes of $74,000 a year or more." I suggest that Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Tex.) is dishing out misinformation. If I am correctly reading the IRS Form 1040 ES for 1989 instructions, couples over 65, who use the standard deductions, will pay the full $1,600 premium tax if their income exceeds $62,900 per year.
NEWS
April 23, 1989
Congress may be asked to bail out numerous corporations that will be forced into bankruptcy in the next recession because of excessive debt, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Tex.) said a study that shows a dramatic increase in the amount of high-risk "junk bond" debt since 1980 makes him worry about the possibility of a taxpayer bailout similar to the multibillion-dollar rescue of the nation's troubled savings and loan institutions. Bentsen said the Library of Congress study "tells us that the amount of corporate debt is going through the roof and that the quality of corporate debt is going through the floor."
NEWS
April 20, 1989 | From United Press International
Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Tex.) said today that new revenue estimates may enable the 33 million elderly and disabled recipients of Medicare to pay substantially less for controversial catastrophic health care protection enacted last year. Bentsen said the amount Medicare recipients pay could be cut by at least 16% because the Congressional Budget Office said the surplus in the catastrophic care funds "is twice as large as originally estimated, two times bigger than needed" to fulfill the law's financial requirements.
OPINION
April 30, 1989
The front-page article "Bentsen Seeks Cut in Medicare Surtax Placed on Elderly" (April 21) states that "Bentsen blamed 'misinformation' for much of the controversy over the surtax. He noted that the top premium $1,600 per year, would be paid by couples with incomes of $74,000 a year or more." I suggest that Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Tex.) is dishing out misinformation. If I am correctly reading the IRS Form 1040 ES for 1989 instructions, couples over 65, who use the standard deductions, will pay the full $1,600 premium tax if their income exceeds $62,900 per year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1989
In response to readers' comments on the Medicare surtax (letters, March 30): One writer stated that a married couple would have to pay a total Medicare surtax of $770 on an income tax of $2,254. The surtax for the two of them is really $341 or approximately 15% of the $2,254. This $341 is taken from the premium table in IRS Publication 943 and applies to 1989 taxes. In 1990, however, the 15% rate will be increased to 25% and in subsequent years to 28%. Another writer is correct in stating that Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Tex.
NEWS
November 12, 1987 | United Press International
Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Tex.), with the state Capitol as a backdrop, announced Wednesday he will run for a fourth term in 1988.
NEWS
March 13, 1988 | United Press International
Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Tex.), whose name has been mentioned as a potential running mate for leading Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Dukakis, said he does not want to be vice president. "I think being chairman of the Senate Finance Committee is more fun," Bentsen told the San Antonio Light in an interview published in Friday's editions. "I am not interested in being vice president," he said.
NEWS
April 23, 1989
Congress may be asked to bail out numerous corporations that will be forced into bankruptcy in the next recession because of excessive debt, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Tex.) said a study that shows a dramatic increase in the amount of high-risk "junk bond" debt since 1980 makes him worry about the possibility of a taxpayer bailout similar to the multibillion-dollar rescue of the nation's troubled savings and loan institutions. Bentsen said the Library of Congress study "tells us that the amount of corporate debt is going through the roof and that the quality of corporate debt is going through the floor."
NEWS
April 20, 1989 | From United Press International
Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Tex.) said today that new revenue estimates may enable the 33 million elderly and disabled recipients of Medicare to pay substantially less for controversial catastrophic health care protection enacted last year. Bentsen said the amount Medicare recipients pay could be cut by at least 16% because the Congressional Budget Office said the surplus in the catastrophic care funds "is twice as large as originally estimated, two times bigger than needed" to fulfill the law's financial requirements.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1988
Every now and then a situation occurs in America which causes one to marvel anew at the uncanny foresight and wisdom of our Founding Fathers. A case in point--the much-maligned Electoral College which provides the mechanism for correcting President-elect George Bush's gravest mistake by allowing the selection of Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Tex.) as vice president on Dec. 19. Electors, please, make this courageous choice. ROBERT E. ASHLEY Simi Valley
OPINION
July 31, 1988
Dukakis made one comment in his acceptance speech that makes me think he doesn't have total confidence in his ability to govern. Dukakis said he selected Sen. Lloyd Bentsen as his running mate partly because if he is elected President he wants a vice president who will stop him when he starts to make a mistake. He thinks Bentsen will do that. It strikes me that Dukakis wants someone to play the role of a daddy. He wants someone to say to him if he starts to do wrong, "No, my son. You mustn't do that."
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