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ELECTION: It’s the spending, stupid

Letter by Robert S. Forbes, DuPont on Oct. 13, 2010 at 2:21 pm with 25 Comments »
October 13, 2010 2:31 pm

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.

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  1. I’d vote with DuPont any day before Gig Harbor.

  2. Thanks Robert. I agree.

  3. Roncella says:

    Right On Robert, a Great letter.

  4. “. . . 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.”

    I don’t know about the rest of you folks, but this just pi**es me off.

    Excellent, excellent letter Robert.

  5. typical right wing swell. not one mention of republican spending, tax cuts for the rich, are blocking of bills in the senate. vote the R’s in and we will all end up as surfs, peons, and slaves to the republican’s corporate masters.

  6. Ok we don’t understand how this spending works so please explain. You spend a trillion dollars or there about and unemployment goes to 9.5% then you you call everyone a wing nut because they don’t understand. Do I have it correct

  7. Oldman4; Notice none of leftfielders explained it. There’s a good reason, it’s indefensible and they don’t know how it works either.

  8. Xring you’re already a mindless serf of the left. When’s the last time you had an original thought? What you lemmings fail to understand is that neither party is on “your” side. They both protect the wealthy. You don’t think for one second that the richest person in the Senate- that would be John Kerry, is going to allow his fortune to touched by the IRS in a meaningful way and pass legislation that will do that? Same goes for all the elected Democrats and Republicans that have wealth beyond 10 million dollars.

    The wealthy folks love you chimps. Some person makes $200,000 and all at once is filthy rich according to the primates on the left, while the truly wealthy skate. Talk about a lack of focus. If a billionaire declares an earnings of $10 million. Their earnings are around one percent of their fortune. Somebody is cooking the books and using large loopholes created by the Democrats and Republicans. Nice racket you’re supporting.

    So if you’re serious about taxing and raising money for social programs, you want to tax their wealth, not their income. It doesn’t surprise me that none of you thought of it. Wealthy people didn’t get that way or stay way by being stupid. They bought an elected official or a seat in Congress and worked with their cronies to protect their fortunes.

    Sheesh what a group of crybabies and losers.

  9. runner52 says:

    Robert, as a fellow DuPont resident, please allow me to say, “Well stated!”

  10. Camas

    a. in a two party system you pick the lesser of two evils – in this case the choice is the party that gives tax breaks to the rich and deregulates big business, or the party that wants the rich to pay their fair share and believes workers should not have to die for profits. Compare what happened at the Upper-Big Branch Mine to what has just happened in Chile.

    b. Never said anything about taxing wealth – that’s why it’s called a n income tax. And the Obama tax plan lowers taxes for anyone making under $250,000 ($500,000 for a married couple). As for those making more the plan returns to the rates that were in force under Clinton, which were lower than the ones under Regan.

    c. Taxing the wealth (i.e. things already paid for) would be socialism at its worse and Dems and Progressives, not to mention Republicans, do not support that.

    d. I do agree with you that there are too many loopholes and exemptions favoring the rich and the tax codes at all levels need to be redone.

  11. Oldman4 – not of the trillion dollars was a direct part of the stimulus. And remember that a good chuck of the wall street bail out went to pay bonuses to the very same people who caused the meltdown.

  12. OldLefty says:

    “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.”

    Well, all the buzzwords are there – Obamacare, Pelosi and ineffective

    The “stimulous” was intended to stimulate the economy. Since 2009, the DOW has risen 39%. Is that economic stimulous? Of course it is.

    Now to the real issue – Wall Street is holding money. They know that if unemployment improves and money starts being spent, they will not be able to get their Republican cronies back in office for an assault on the real money – Social Security.

    Wouldn’t you just love Wall Street handling Social Security, with their 1000 point dropsies and September 2008 record?

    These letters are templates of Republican talking points

  13. OldLefty says:

    oldman4 says:
    October 13, 2010 at 6:54 pm
    Ok we don’t understand how this spending works so please explain. You spend a trillion dollars or there about and unemployment goes to 9.5% then you you call everyone a wing nut because they don’t understand. Do I have it correct
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    Glad you asked. Just remember, my advice, like Lucy in the Peanuts comics, costs 5 cents.

    Read my last post about stimulous and start paying attention to the stock market. Now look at what unemployment was in January of 2009 – 7.5 % and THAT was just after the manure hit the fan in 2008. Obama said, upon taking over – “it will get worse before it gets better”. Amazingly, that didn’t sink into the heads of the Republicans/TEApublicans.

    The “trillion dollars” was from a budget created by the previous administration whose name shall not be mention as to not give you fits. Budgets are created about a year or so in advance of application.

    Is any of this sinking in? I don’t want to overload.

  14. Sumner401 says:

    These letters are templates of Republican talking points

    They have been cut and paste jobs for months now.
    Sloganeering is a poor way to govern but it’s all the far right has.
    The lemmings fall for it time and time again.

  15. FreeAmerica says:

    @oldlefty….

    Hard to imagine somebody relating the “global” stack market to the American economy… and I mean “stacked”.

    Just figured it out eh lefty… after all this time one should know how capitalist America works… the liberals are biting the hand that feeds them and business’s will punish government for demonizing them…hence unemployment figures up this morning.

    Companies have to compete to stay alive and they are not going to let the left wing government burden them with costs… the government doesn’t create jobs the private sector does.

    Nothing is for free and the government can’t provide for free off the backs of citizens and business… time to get off the duff and go to work…. if you can’t find work…create work for yourself.

    The great liberal lie…. “Corporations and rich can afford it”…. cept they don’t pay taxes, we do.

  16. gerry0416 says:

    Once again, the liberals start name calling whenever they disagree with someone.

  17. Dick Muri has never, ever been employed in the private sector. He has lifetime public health insurance and doesn’t understand the realities of people working in the private sector to make ends meet.

    If he wants to cut taxes, how can he reduce the deficit? If he can do both, I’d vote for him too! Unfortunately, that’s impossible.

    Dick Muri is a partisan hack.

  18. jtarleton says:

    xring has a point.

  19. FA – ever hear of the Great Depression – it was caused by a Wall Street crash brought about by unregulated, high-risk activities.

    Also many corporations, epically oil and gas, are reporting record profits, due in part to the corporate welfare (i.e. tax cuts and deregulation) forced on them by the Republics every since Regan was in office.

    In addition, the majority of jobs being created by the corporations are overseas not here in the USA.

    You are right about two things.
    Nothing is free, which is why Governments have to power to tax,
    and
    Corporations and the rich do not pay taxes, or at least not their fair share.

  20. theogsters says:

    As one who watches from outside his district, I have come to view Adam Smith as a moderate, thoughtful representaive, working hard for his constituents. Add that to his years of experience in the office, and I would say electing Dick Muri would be a terrible mistake.

  21. donjames says:

    JAvison says:

    “Dick Muri has never, ever been employed in the private sector.”

    Hey J, you do realize that since graduating from college in 1987, adam smith has held exactly one job in the private sector… for exactly one year… as a lawyer. And even then he was in the state legislature at the same time.

    So what’s your point? That Muri has better health care than smith? LMAO. That Muri is a political old hand (hack) and Smith isn’t? ROTFLMFO!

    You libs are really getting desperate – cracks me up.

  22. Sumner401 says:

    You cons are really getting desperate – cracks me up.

  23. Sumner401 says:

    Once again, the liberals start name calling whenever they disagree with someone.

    Where?
    Did you read the comments from the rightie camas?

  24. FreeAmerica says:

    xring says:
    Also many corporations, epically oil and gas, are reporting record profits
    Nothing is free, which is why Governments have to power to tax,
    and
    Corporations and the rich do not pay taxes, or at least not their fair share.

    @xring……..
    One simple question….answer this one..
    If a company profits is “it” really paying taxes?

  25. FA – corporations are suppose to make profits, and some are very good at it. Most are equally good at evading corporate taxes.

    Some of the profits should go to the State to help pay for such things as roads, power grids, national defense, and lots of other things that help the corporations make the profits in the first place.

    After all it would be socialism if the corporations got something they did not pay for.

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