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January 31, 2009 at 9:00 AM

National stimulus package

Looking beyond the surface

It’s all over the headlines: stimulus packages. But, what is so “stimulating” about these plans? They might move money around a little bit but, in reality, they will do more harm than help.

The government has announced this $800 billion-plus plan to pull the economy out of its current recession. Economics 101 teaches a very important question that many Americans have failed to ask: Where is the government finding $800 billion?

The short answer: us. All the Federal Reserve Board is doing is taking money from taxpayers, which could be spent in a much more productive way by those earning the money, and redistributing it to serve their own agendas.

Granted, the public also shares some of these agendas, but to a small degree. What right does the government have to spend another person’s money wisely? Besides reputation, none.

By supporting the stimulus package, you must believe that the government makes wiser choices about how to spend your money than you do. Do you really believe this?

If not, I encourage you to look not only at the surface amount of these stimulus plans, but deeper into the issue to realize the potential cost to you, your family, your job and your country.

— Shannon McCleary, Edmonds

Rejecting the fig leaf

Congressional Republicans are amazing creatures, truly remarkable. They control the House for 12 years, doing things their way with almost zero minority input, and the country ends up in a massive financial crisis. Their policy of more tax cuts in any and all circumstances, while always logically unfounded, has now solidly been proven a massive failure.

Now we have a Democratic president who has made a large point of reaching out to Republicans in the minority. We know the Republican way doesn’t work, so you might think Republicans would welcome a fig leaf extended toward them in the form of concessions — concessions they didn’t extend when they were in power. Well, you would be wrong.

They have voted against the stimulus package on a party-line vote. Why? Because there are not enough tax cuts. The very same tax cuts that have hurt the overall economy and only served to make the rich richer.

The unapologetic way Republicans are behaving in the face of public sentiment and the reality of the failure of their policies is simply astounding. They claim we need swift action, but are willing to delay action simply because they aren’t getting more of what they know won’t work.

— Michael Blake, Seattle

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