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January 27, 2009 at 4:00 PM

National budget

Tail-wagging corporations

When will our politicians get a backbone?

This recent string of bailouts is due to big corporations — American International Group (AIG), Chrysler, General Motors (GM), etc. — sending their CEOs and lobbyists to D.C. to tell Congress that America can’t afford their company to fold.

And whether it is because of pocket lining or lack of judgment, Capitol Hill keeps granting bailouts.

This is a classic case of the tail wagging the dog.

If I were in Congress and a CEO came before my committee hearing telling me how America can’t afford to live without their company, I would stand up, look this corporate exec in the eye and firmly say:

“Apparently you are confused, mister CEO. It’s not that we can’t afford for you to close, but rather due to your miss management, you cannot afford to stay open. Now it seems that you may have got lost because the bankruptcy department is down the hall on the left.”

— Chad Pelesky, Lakewood

Tax cuts cut corners

Republicans should know people who are losing their jobs and homes don’t need a tax cut. They need jobs and homes.

— Fred LaMotte, Steilacoom

Greed furthered by secularization

Greed on Wall Street and Main Street are repeatedly being cited as the reason for our financial-system meltdown and resultant recession. Greed is not the problem, but only a symptom of the overall breakdown of morality in much of our society.

This breakdown has coincided with the assault on Christianity by secularists and activist judges, resulting in the diminishment of religion in the public arena.

George Washington, the father of our country, said in his farewell address, “Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports and let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.”

John Adams, another Founding Father and our second president, stated that “morality and religion are essential for a democratic government to endure.”

Greed is not the only symptom manifested by the loss of our moral compass. The three-fastest-growing industries in America are gambling, prostitution and illegal drugs.

Ann Graham, Billy Graham’s daughter, was asked why God had turned his back on us. Her answer: “He didn’t turn his back on us; we walked away from him.”

The secular progressives have succeeded in taking prayer out of our schools. They are determined to see “In God We Trust” removed from our currency, “so help me God” removed from our oaths of office and “under God” taken out of the Pledge of Allegiance. They would also like to see the “Ten Commandments” chiseled off the walls of our public institutions.

The Christians founders who formed this nation and built tolerance into our Bill of Rights ironically are not being extended the same consideration from those who came later into our society. If we want to reverse further breakdown of morality we must get back to our religious roots, speak out and stand firm against the assault by the liberal progressives and their activist judges.

— Robert Johnston, Camano Island

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