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Archives: Oct. 2012

Oct.
31st

ELECTION: Voters have a clear choice in the 26th District

Doug Richards supports the two-thirds majority vote before taxes can be increased. It’s an idea that 69 percent of the 26th District voted for, but Larry Seaquist calls that law “stupid.” Is Seaquist calling 69 percent of his constitutes “stupid”?

Richards supports making K-12 education a priority for the state budget, but Seaquist voted for budgets that cut the Peninsula School District $1.3 million and led to teacher pay cuts.

To circumvent the two-thirds majority requirement, Seaquist has made fees a new form of taxes. Seaquist sponsored and voted for bills that have raised taxes and fees 143 times. These

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Oct.
31st

POLITICS: We need to get back to true American liberal values

Re: “Obama wins, small stuff happens; Romney wins, it’s big stuff” (David Brooks column, 10-31).

Brooks champions political moderation. He notes that Mitt Romney has lately flip-flopped once again to pander to moderates (and this is why we should vote for him). Yet Romney’s latest etch-a-sketching notwithstanding, moderation is dead in the Republican Party.

Social conservatives and corporation conservatives have a strangle-old on Republicans, and neither tolerates the slightest disobedience. The SoCons want to drag us back to the 1950s (before civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights, etc.), while the CorpCons yearn dearly for the 1880s, the Gilded Age

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Oct.
31st

BUSES: Pierce Transit using deceit to get tax

Pierce Transit is showing how deceitful it can be by offering Pierce County Proposition 1 to only certain Pierce County voters.

After voters rejected a sales tax increase for Pierce Transit in 2011, the agency defined a very narrow “service” area along its routes and along the very narrow retail corridors in parts of Pierce County. Only those individuals who reside within these arbitrarily defined areas are allowed to vote on the sales tax increase of Prop. 1.

Many people who use the retailers within those narrow boundaries do not reside within them and are therefore disqualified from voting on

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Oct.
31st

ELECTION: Connelly seems obsessed with winning at all costs

Another glossy mailer from Jack Connelly arrived today, as they have every few days for months, paid for by the nearly $1 million Connelly has spent in his effort to replace Jeannie Darneille in the State Senate.

As it joins the growing stack of cardboard invective, one can only marvel at Connelly’s single-minded obsession about Darneille. He is not just out to win a campaign for political office. He will spend any amount of money, twist the meaning of any vote, make any outrageous claim; no matter, in his mind Darneille must be gotten out of office at any cost.

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Oct.
31st

SANDY: Government’s useful at times

Is our government too big? You might think so when you listen to some political speeches. But In fact, we need big government despite its cost, for all those situations where the job is just too big, too messy or unlikely to produce profits.

One prominent example is the current East Coast flooding disaster which is all three of the above. Is Wall Street or a bank going to rush in to help those people whose homes and lives have been destroyed?

Private enterprise has its merits, but so does government. We must not forget that, especially when we’re preparing

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Oct.
31st

TAXES: Petterfy should seek return to 1965 levels

Thomas Petterfy, a Hungarian immigrant and Wall Street billionaire, has inundated our television with political ads with a simple warning: Unless we vote Republican, we will turn the United States into the depressed communist Hungary of his childhood.

In 1965, Petterfy fled Hungary for America – a country that he fantasized about since he was a boy. In 1965, about the same time I came to America, the highest marginal tax rate in this country was around 70 percent, which means that successful entrepreneurs – those like Petterfy – had to reinvest much of their wealth in the country and

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Oct.
31st

R-74: Gays want financial benefits of marriage

The underlying reason gays want the right to marry is they want the financial benefits traditionally provided to married heterosexual couples, such as discounts on insurance, etc. Once the gays get enough states to recognize gay marriage, they will seek approval at the national level, thereby giving them benefits such as Social Security for a surviving spouse and children, and federal tax breaks.

At least in Washington state, the domestic partnership law specifically excludes related couples (such as two sisters or a brother and sister) who share a household from receiving any of above mentioned financial benefits.

Example: If two

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Oct.
31st

R-74: Do backers want another ‘house divided’?

Proponents of same-sex marriage want this issue seen in the context of being a civil rights issue. Many others see homosexual relationships not meeting the definition of marriage (as being solely between a man and a woman). Moreover, many states have solidified that latter definition as law in their state constitutions.

It appears that no matter how many liberal states adopt same-sex marriage, there are other conservative states that will never adopt it. Do proponents of same-sex marriage really want to establish two separate nations on this issue, as divided as our nation was before 1865?

If the holier-than-thou proponents

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