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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 | 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.

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