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ELECTION: Voters say no to taxes; now what?

Letter by Martin R Deming, Tacoma on Nov. 4, 2010 at 10:59 am with 11 Comments »
November 4, 2010 2:12 pm

Voters have voiced their feelings. That’s great. Voters have defeated any measure that would have given new income to the state. And not only that, the voters have hamstrung the Legislature so that it is harder to approve any measure that would generate income by requiring a supermajority to enact it.

So now the government has to figure out what services are going to get cut. And make no mistake, it will cut services. Not to the people that don’t use them, but to those who desperately need them. The elderly, the disabled, the education system, schools, children, those who through no fault of their own, are on unemployment or welfare – they are the ones who really suffer.

I would assume that most people have family or friends that are affected by the sick economy and use some of these services. Are those people who voted not to approve those measures going step up to the plate and help those people who need those services? Did any of those people who voted against those measures have a plan or alternatives to offer to address the budget shortcomings?

We all know the answer to that. A resounding no. I believe that the voters should have voted with their minds instead of their pocketbooks. Maybe they should have read the measures and found out what they really said instead of believing the propaganda that was on TV.

Leave a comment Comments → 11
  1. Roncella says:

    Martin,, I have a easy answer for the remarks in your letter.

    Most of the American Voters that just voted on Tuesday sent a message to Obama and the big spending Dems. in the Congress, Stop the Spending Now.

    What in the heck do you think the tea party folks have been screaming about for almost two years now ? We Are All Taxed Enough Already !

  2. Murigen says:

    I don’t know what will have to be cut or changed to finally balance the budget. I do know where to start. It seems that in the last 5 years or so the state budget has gone up over 30%. Find where that increase is, whether it was/is established programs or new programs, and cut that same percentage back. If that’s not enough, declare an emergency and go after any contracts that opens up. That should be a good start.

  3. amazing thing: all the ‘must cut spending’ types cannot tell you which programs will be cut by how much.

  4. I have a suggestion,cut all spending programs 5% across the board.If that isn,t enough,cut 5% more.I can here the liberals screaming now!NOT MY PROGRAMS!Once people have a taste of something they like,they are reluctant to give it up!Politicians with our money, I equate to a drug addict with their drugs,no matter how much they get,it will never be enough.The addict will lie,cheat and steal to get their drugs and the politician will TAX,TAX,TAX,TO GET YOUR MONEY

  5. Sincere “NOT MY PROGRAM”

    You are quite right! Politicians from both sides will attempt to protect certain pet programs. And will even cut deals as in I support not cutting X if you support not cutting Y.

    And neither side will want to cut Congress’s budget,

  6. blakeshouse says:

    Cut all programs and budgets back to 2004 levels and start over there. That is the point that the grinch stole the governors office. That is the most recient point that the budget started to spiral out of control. Police and fire are the only 2 places where the cuts may have to be about 1/2 of the rest.

  7. falkoja6 says:

    I read recently that the state increase in spending was 80% over 2004 levels whereas the growth of the economy was only 40% over the same time period. That means the state is spending twice as much as the growth of the economy… This is insanity unchecked!!!

  8. State population went form 5.89 million in 2000 to an estimated 6.29 million in 2005, and to an estimated 6.66 millions in 2009.

  9. Republicans can cut spending all they want, but if they don’t deliver on jobs and the economy they will not survive 2012.

  10. Ronc – those of us who make under $200,000 per year are taxed enough already because those who make over $200,000 are not taxed enough.

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