LA CONNER — While paying off a $14 trillion debt would be daunting to almost anybody, there is one man who has taken on the challenge.

La Conner accountant Ed Baker started a foundation called No National Debt in an attempt to do just that. He said he thinks citizens with the means should do what they can to give back.

He isn’t kidding.

“We’re in this together,” he said. “One way or another, we’re going to have to pay for it.”

Baker got started on this because he was looking for an organization to donate to and couldn’t find one. So, he established the nonprofit charity where people can contribute to paying off the country’s bills.

Read the full story in Tuesday's Skagit Valley Hearld

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(15) comments

Beator

"You should worry less about what others "

The "others" are demanding that I pay more taxes.

You should worry about the "truely great Americans" that the Democrat Provocateurs are demanding a "fair share" from.

ChainGang

Sodbuster, I have to apologize to you. My comment was half-baked.

After a cup of coffee, I was able to read what you actually said and you can see I agree with you.

ChainGang

"the people should look into the foreign monies the gov holds and trade them in"

Or, maybe not. Know anything about economics or money?

ChainGang

"We have to repeal the tax cuts for the wealthy "

No, we don't.

Tax burdens are lower now than they have been in 50 years.

You aren't part of "the wealthy", so what makes you think that you know what they need? It's amusing to see how many wannabees line up with the Republican party line thinking they are supporting the rich in hopes it will "trickle down" to them.

ChainGang

"Since you are so warmhearted, why don't you donate more of your share"

I already do.

You should worry less about what others are doing and more about what you can do to be part of American society. The truly great Americans who came before you didn't worry and whine about what their "fair" share was.

Beator

"Taxes are your share of living in a great society. Some people pay many times more than you."

I wrote:

"But I am tired of people (government people) demanding that I give them a portion of what I earn so that they can give it to others that are my equal."

You in the government ChainGang? You sound demanding of my money. Since you are so warmhearted, why don't you donate more of your share to the government people for me.

This is a great society you know.

Ghosting

Maybe the congress should give perks up and drive their own personal cars to work etc. Before asking anyone to dig into their pockets. Or maybe we as the people should look into the foreign monies the gov holds and trade them in some could pay off the national debt without us the people being to sacrifice more.

ChainGang

"Maybe he should ask Obamas friends that gave him billions for his re-election.."

Obama didn't raise "billions". No one ever has raised even one billion. Obama raised $750 million in the 2008 cycle and Republican challengers raised $600 million.

sodbuster

We have to repeal the tax cuts for the wealthy -if they are job makers, give them a credit for every job they produce that lasts 6 months or longer. For the rest of us, increase the marginal rate for social security and institute a small federal sales tax on everything except food to pay down the debt. Just my opinion. What will Congress do? Likely they will continue to do what they have been doing, and will get the same result.

Stop blaming Obama. This trend in national deficits goes way back. The only president to balance the budget (and actually have a reserve) was Clinton. Go figure. Reagan was as big (in % of debt spending) as all the rest - with GW in close second. Both as a result of a belief in "trickle down' economics. The rich took the money and ran.

ChainGang

"But I am tired of people (government people) demanding that I give them a portion of what I earn so that they can give it to others that are my equal."

Are you confused? We are all clearly not "equal". We all have equal opportunity, but some make more of it.

Taxes are your share of living in a great society. Some people pay many times more than you.

Lexi

The man's heart is in the right place but that's what we pay taxes for. Maybe he should ask Obamas friends that gave him billions for his re-election..

Beator

LOL! Why, I thought everyone was created equal? I am tired of paying for people that can't pay for themselves.

You all can blame the debt on anyone you want to....Bush, Obama...the tooth fairy if it makes you feel better. But I am tired of people (government people) demanding that I give them a portion of what I earn so that they can give it to others that are my equal.

P.S. This is too funny. The CPA profession is suppose to protect us from giving money to the government people, has a guy asking for volunteers to give their hard earned money to the government guys he is trying to keep money from. ha ha ha. too funny!

pampanito

"The Rich get Richer and the Poor; well we are the ones who pay the taxes, "

How true.

The rich should pay the lion share of taxes, they can afford it and when they did America thrived. Now we are going under because a few who can afford it weigh profits against lives. Taxing the super rich can bring this country out of debt in 12 years,12 years!

ChainGang

"The Rich get Richer and the Poor; well we are the ones who pay the taxes"

I'm sorry; that just isn't true. A very small portion of the richest people pay the largest share of the Federal taxes by far.

What's really interesting is that they have only a very small percentage of the vote.

We just passed through a budget debacle where the people's representatives refused to vote new taxes on corporations and the richest Americans.

fancigirl47

In response to letter in "Wednesday August 9th/2011 in the Skagit Valley Herald Article." Laconner Man wants our nation's citizens to help pay off national debt"

What do you think the American taxpayers are doing now? It will take years for this generation, our children, our grand children and our great grand children to pay off this enormous debt that our politicians have thrust upon the American people. Who do you think bailed out AIG, General Motors..etc. The American tax payers. What do you think is keeping this nation running...duh! Our tax dollars! It started with Ronald Reagan with his trickle down whatever it was. Then we had 8 years of George W. Bush with his carte blanche way of spending at the taxpayer's expense. Now we have Barack Obama who has turned out to be a total disappointment to me.

There was a time when I believed in what my country stood for, and so very proud to be an American. Not any more. Our government makes rules, passes laws, and makes decisions that effect all of us which is either good or bad. I am not the only american citizen that feels this way. There are millions of Americans who feel the same way I do. There was a time when people looked out for each other and cared about each other and now it's every man, woman, and child for themselves. The Rich get Richer and the Poor; well we are the ones who pay the taxes, and break our backs to bring money home to pay the bills and feed our familes. So my friend who lives in La Conner, WA. The American People are paying their share of this debt.

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