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BUDGET: Do Democrats have no shame?

Letter by Robert L. Humphries, Puyallup on Sep. 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm | 50 Comments »
September 28, 2011 1:44 pm

Re: “Democrats may float tax hike in special election to patch budget” (TNT, 9-27).

Have they no shame? On the very same day The News Tribune reported that more than $2 million may have been overpaid to child care providers? Seems to me that not enough fat has yet been trimmed from current government expenditures – especially in a poor economy with less tax revenue coming in.

Our elected officials and senior bureaucrats need to tighten their belts like the rest of us. Furthermore, they need to become better watchdogs for fraud, waste and abuse of the tax revenues they are already entrusted with.

Who do they suppose will vote for higher taxes? Even those with secure jobs are seeing necessities like health care, food and clothing continue to rise in cost. The housing market has devalued home values below property tax assessments – with property taxes still increasing in areas where voters approved school measures or increased support for their fire districts.

No one can tell when this economy may turn around – with ominous reports that the economic woes in Europe may even cause a deeper recession than we are currently experiencing. Couldn’t our elected official at least try and give the public the perception that they are trying to be more fiscally responsible?


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