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January 12, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Politics and the economy

Not a spectator sport

It is inconceivable to me that the representatives who promoted Republican ideology of lowering taxes, spending billions on pre-emptive wars and bailing out Wall Street and the banking system with no accountability, would still have the ability to get in the way of true economic recovery. These people are a joke, yet the majority in the U.S. House and Senate will allow them to railroad our recovery.

Nothing is going to “trickle down.” It is a stupid argument couched in sophistry. Make no mistake, these people will use anything to promote their agendas. They will lie about the past and sell us snake oil. Their record can be seen all around us.

C’mon fellow citizens, it is time to speak up. Read your history, stop listening to the pundits (right and left), get a true understanding of what is happening now and do your duty as a citizen. Democracy is not a spectator sport. We need to make a stand.

The U.S. faces the most serious economic crisis since the Great Depression. Just how deep we go and how long the recession lasts depends upon how quickly we take steps to counter it. Contact your representatives. Speak up.

— Mark Barabasz, Hansville

Buy time

As was announced in the past couple of days, Boeing is laying off 4,500 employees [“Boeing to cut 4,500 workers,” page one, Jan. 10] and The Seattle P-I is up for sale [“Report: Stage set for P-I to close,” page one, Jan. 9]. This is in addition to 2.6 million job losses in 2008, the most since 1945.

More than 300 leading economists agree with President-elect Obama that Congress needs to immediately pass a significant and broad-based economic-recovery package.

Already, conservatives who looted the Treasury for the past eight years are whining about the cost of saving this country’s economy. Let them take their tax cuts and buy some time out.

Americans showed them the door Nov. 4, and unless we see a different approach to families in this country, it will be generations before that door is cracked open at the polls again.

— Sandra Robbins, Seattle

Illogical spending

The media attempt to disguise the growing recession — soon-to-be depression — in euphemistic phrases that belie its deadly potential to abort the great American experiment. The underlying cause of the crisis can be expressed in two words: easy credit.

Universal, easy credit was the culprit that precipitated the disaster. When President-elect Obama declares, “We will spend our way out of this,” I nearly die laughing. We will spend our way out of this? That has to be the oxymoron of the century. How does one spend one’s way out of debt? Logic says the more a debtor spends, the more deeply he finds himself in hock.

The Marxists have struggled long and hard to bankrupt the American economy as the final step toward overthrowing the United States republic. Now that the conspirators’ dream has finally come to fruition, the gullible suckers who fell for the robber barons’ scam are living in denial.

However, it is only a matter of time until John and Jane Doe wake up and discover themselves in a two-class society of stinking-rich masters and their dirt-poor slaves. Consult Forbes’ list of billionaires, and you will know the names of everyone whom you can thank for your loss of freedom and treasure.

The middle class is dead. It is all over — except for the funeral and burial.

— Warren Wilson, Kirkland

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