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ELECTION: We can’t afford Murray and Dicks

Letter by Joyce C. Hamrick, University Place on Oct. 11, 2010 at 10:51 am | 15 Comments »
October 11, 2010 3:10 pm

Re: Vice President Joe Biden’s visit (TNT, 10-9).

I find it difficult to understand how Biden can equate big government, big spending and big debt with making things better for the middle class. In the past year and a half, the number of federal employees has grown by 180,000 while total unemployment is hovering at 9.6 percent. The national debt has grown to more than $13 trillion.

Who pays for this massive growth in federal spending? The private sector, including our children and grandchildren. As more private-sector employment is needed, the federal government is adding regulations to private employers that are costly to implement and leaving uncertainty as to taxes and the cost of medical reform.

Congress even adjourns without addressing the large tax increases now scheduled to take place in January 2011, and they have not even prepared the budget, choosing instead to enact a temporary budget for two months only.

Both Patty Murray and Norm Dicks have voted right down the line for all of this big spending, big government and big debt. Proposals to reduce spending for unnecessary projects have been presented to the House each week by Rep. Eric Cantor, and Dicks has voted against each and every one.

We cannot afford to continue sending Murray and Dicks to Congress where they are supposedly representing our interests. Whose interests are they really representing?

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