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Tag: Adam Smith

Oct.
18th

ABORTION: Another attempt to undermine women’s access to health care

Reps. Norm Dicks and Adam Smith stood up for women’s health and reproductive rights by voting against H.R. 358.

H.R. 358 is another attempt by House Republicans to revive the failed Stupak amendment. It eliminates the existing protections women already have when seeking care in emergency circumstances.  Basically, it would allow a hospital to deny life-saving abortion care to a woman, even if a doctor deems that care necessary.

The claim is this that H.R. 358 is protecting medical workers, but the truth is that it undermines women’s access to health care and endangers their lives. It would also take

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July
29th

DEBT: Adam Smith is only half-right

Re: “Raising debt ceiling just the first step on road to fiscal health” (Viewpoint, 7-28).

As is typical for him, Rep. Adam Smith mixed both Republican and Democratic talking points in his near-constant aim to appear centrist. Unfortunately, many of those right-wing points are plainly absurd.

You cannot find an economist not funded by the Heritage Foundation who will state, as he did, “that getting our deficit under control is critical . . . to helping our economy right now.”

The problem facing our economy right now is demand. Consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of our economy, and large

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March
7th

GAS: Transitioning to CNG would ease fuel costs

I work with a gentleman with family in Peru. In Peru it costs $300 to convert a car so it will run on both gasoline and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). It costs $6,000 to do the same thing here.

Our government has effectively halted all new drilling for oil here in the U.S., forcing us to purchase ever more oil from people who want to kill us. The fact that we are forced to use a single type of fuel has effectively prevented any real competition and artificially drives demand up.

The U.S. has ample supplies of natural gas (200-plus

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Dec.
22nd

ENERGY: Washington legislators stepped up for clean energy

Re: “Renewable energy industry banking on more grants” (thenewstribune.com, 12-9).

While the news on our economic recovery has not been great, clean energy has been doing its part to create jobs and clean our environment. Despite this success, a critical federal incentive for renewable energy, like wind and solar, was set to expire at the end of this year [.

In order to continue the growth of clean, renewable energy and to maintain and create tens of thousands of jobs, the renewable energy industries, environmental community, labor movement and others joined champions in the House and Senate, like Sens. Patty

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Oct.
29th

ELECTION: Candidates display different kinds of courage

In the 9th congressional district stretching from Olympia to Auburn. two able candidates are kicking it in.

The incumbent Adam Smith and Dick Muri, the challenger of county council fame, sparred last night at the Steilacoom town hall. But let’s consider the courage of these candidates. Witness Smith’s comments recently , “I was elected to make difficult decisions, not to hide from them”, in reference to his affirmative health care reform, stimulus, and other votes. But wait, didn’t he spent most of the last year hiding his true intentions about those votes from constituents, and obfuscating right up to the

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Oct.
18th

ELECTION: Smith enables Obama agenda

Adam Smith continues to tout his support of veterans’ causes.

I’m a veteran of two years’ combat service in Vietnam. I think of my service as an expression of commitment to the values enshrined in our country’s Declaration of Independence. Like many veterans, I believe that our current president selectively disregards those values. Speaking as a veteran, there is nothing more troubling about our current political environment.

Such disregard was most painfully shown during the process leading to this year’s congressional vote on the health care bill. I cannot recall a more intense exercise in political thuggery during my

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Oct.
18th

ELECTION: The News Tribune’s Democratic bias showing

I noticed that The News Tribune has endorsed the Democrats on almost a two-to-one ratio for the upcoming election. That doesn’t surprise me since I strongly believe The News Tribune, like all of the major TV networks and most newspapers, has a liberal bias.

What surprises me is how in good consciousness your newspaper can endorse Patty Murray and Adam Smith. Both are part of the liberal political process that is taking this country into financial ruin and debt that we will never recover from.

You should be ashamed of yourself for letting your liberal bias cloud your judgment. I

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Oct.
15th

ELECTION: Adam Smith is no ‘fiscal hawk’

Democrat Adam Smith is in a tight battle with Republican Dick Muri for election as representative for Washington’s 9th Congressional District.

Smith claims to be a moderate Democrat and self-styled “fiscal hawk.” To recount Smith’s record (which is largely absent from any of his campaign ads), our “fiscal hawk” is responsible for voting for the $356 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (aka “bank bailout”) and the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (aka “stimulus”), which has not resulted in any stimulus of the economy save for Smith’s counterfactual arguments that things would be worse without it.

Smith’s

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