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Seattle Times letters to the editor

February 1, 2009 at 4:00 PM

The economy

Seattle Times File, 1930s

Hooverville in Seattle, 1930s.

Gloomy headlines, gloomier country

Editor, The Times:

Every day I read your headlines and wonder why the media can’t be a little more positive about the world and its happenings. When people see headlines such as “Double Whammy” [Times, page one, Jan. 29] and “Depression-era wisdom: How they survived” [page one, Jan. 28], all it does is perpetuate fear, causing people to feel even worse about the situation and spend even less because all they see is how bad things are.

Will this help our economy? No. As Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” Spreading fear will not help this country recover from economic distress.

Can’t you put these stories in a less prominent position? There is so little positive news these days; your headlines are only making it worse.

— Barb White, Shoreline

Gritting their teeth in frustration

Bankers and CEOs put the country in the financial mess we’re in. Now we, the people, are expected to pay to fix it?

I’d be willing to do my part if the guys who caused the problem were held accountable. Some should be in jail, some should repay money and anyone that was involved should not be given new stimulus money to oversee.

Is it any wonder Americans are gritting their teeth in frustration about the job losses, businesses closing and cost of living going up? Friends of mine who had a retirement plan are now in the same boat I’m in, counting on Social Security not to be bankrupt in five years.

— Marci Johnson, Renton

GOP can’t take the credit

Rush Limbaugh has won. Not a single GOP representative voted for the Democratic stimulus package. Limbaugh has now famously stated that he hopes for nothing but failure for the Obama administration [“Limbaugh: the jeers of a clown,” Leonard Pitts Jr., syndicated columnist, Jan. 25]. So much for “loyal opposition.”

The GOP, including the Eastside’s Rep. Dave Reichert, considers their 100 percent party-line vote a badge of honor, but with it, their entire fortune for the 2010 elections is based on the total failure of the package. Should the economy improve, they can take not even bipartisan credit.

So in effect, by their party-line vote, the Republican Party is literally hoping that the economy gets worse. It puts them squarely behind the enlightened leadership of their standard-bearer, Rush Limbaugh.

— Brian Gix, Seattle

Tired of constant whining

I am really getting tired of listening to the Republicans whine about President Obama’s economic-recovery plan. Here are a couple of reasons why.

First, this isn’t Obama’s plan. This is a plan put together by the world’s top economic minds: Timothy Geithner, Paul Volcker, Peter Orszag and Lawrence Summers, to name a few. When they were selected for their respective posts, they were heralded by Democrats and Republicans both for their intellect and insight on economic matters.

These people, who have forgotten more about the subject of economics than Rep. John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and the other GOP House members combined know, have studied the situation and put together a bold and well-thought-out plan to turn this nation’s economy around.

This brings me to the second reason I am so tired of the GOP’s constant whining. Why would the very same people who got us into this mess think anyone really cares about their plan to get us out of it?

— Randy Carl, Kent

Parasites in power

In these times of regulation, government intervention in the markets, creation of a universal health-care system and now Uncle Sam as the banker of last resort, it would do us good to remember the words of Karl Marx in “The process of capitalist production as a whole”:

“The credit system, which has its focus in the so-called national banks and the big-money lenders and usurers surrounding them, constitutes enormous centralization, and gives this class of parasites the fabulous power, not only to periodically despoil industrial capitalists, but also to interfere in actual production in a most dangerous manner — and this gang knows nothing about production and has nothing to do with it.”

— Stavros Birkolopulos, Seattle

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