Inside Opinion

What's on the minds of Tacoma News Tribune editorial writers

NOTICE: Inside Opinion has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved Inside Opinion.
Visit the new section.

Tag: oint Base Lewis-McChord


The post-election opening for a balanced deficit deal

This editorial will appear in Sunday’s print edition.

Because Democrats and Republicans couldn’t make a real deficit deal last year, they made a deal so bad they’d have to come back to the table this year. That was the theory, anyway.

The bad deal now stares us in the face. Unless Congress and the president do something by January, $1 trillion of guillotine blades will automatically fall on domestic programs Democrats love and defense programs Republicans love. (There’s crossover love on both sides, of course.)

Combined with the simultaneous expiration of various tax breaks, especially the Bush tax cuts of

Read more »