Re: “Re-elect Dicks, Reichert and Smith” (editorial, 10-12).
It’s the spending, stupid.
Once again, The News Tribune has demonstrated that it is part of the problem and not the solution by endorsing the same incumbents who voted for massive increases in government spending. I used to think Adam Smith was a nice pragmatic guy, too, but over the past several years he has shifted hard to the left in favor of big government and big spending.
He was a yes vote on the massive, ineffective stimulus bill and Obamacare, and has supported Nancy Pelosi’s far-left agenda in almost all the votes he’s taken.
Smith talks a great game about being moderate and having reservations about the health care bill, but when it comes time to cast his votes he has reliably voted yes to every one of the Democrats’ big spending bills.
However, when it comes to basic responsibilities of Congress, he and his Democratic majority have failed to even pass a budget for the fiscal year that started two weeks ago, nor one single appropriation bill. On top of that, he and his Democratic majority have failed to extend the middle-class tax cuts, meaning we’re all facing a big tax increase come January 2011 (not just rich folks).
This is what we want to endorse? I’m casting my vote for Dick Muri. I can count on Muri to vote against big government spending programs, to work to reduce the deficit and to support the private sector as the true engine of job creation.