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February 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

The previous administration

Treacherous “trickle down”

The financial shortfall we’re experiencing here in the state of Washington is the surest example of the “trickle down” theory ever presented. The disaster spawned at the federal level, following eight years of increasing deficits under the previous administration, has finally trickled down to the state level.

As the deregulations of the Bush administration led to banking excesses that have now imploded, leading to the worst depression since the 1930s, it is taking all the sates down with it. California is at the verge of bankruptcy. Virtually all other states are in serious deficit along with California. It’s all “trickle down.”

We can thank the financial missteps of the Bush administration for this.

What are Republican legislators in our state doing to help pull us out of this, other than repeat the same misguided philosophy of the Republicans in Washington, D.C.?

I’m looking to both Washingtons for new thinking. But as we saw when 100 percent of Republicans in “the other Washington” (the House of Representatives) stuck to the misguided policies of the past that brought us to our knees, I see Republicans here doing the very same thing.

In my opinion, it’s unbelievably dumb.

— Bruce Barnbaum, Granite Falls

Even torture is justifiable

I read the Opinion piece on Tuesday, Feb. 3, of Supreme Court Justice Richard B. Sanders [“Bush team must be held accountable for crimes,” guest column].

I find this article extremely elitist. While he points out that the “Bush team” brought us tyranny, I say, as far as the security of our country and our people is concerned, internment, phone taping and, yes, even torture is justifiable.

Do not forget we were attacked and thousands died. Does Justice Sanders rate this as trifle?

Also, remember that we have not been attacked since 9/11. Would Justice Sanders prefer an atomic bomb be smuggled into the country and detonated?

I am sure, as long as the rule of law were followed, it would be OK.

Justice Sanders might have noticed we were at war. Every president has taken away some of our rights during war. President Lincoln did during the Civil War and, as Sanders pointed out, President Roosevelt did the same.

While it is regrettable, it can sometimes be justified.

Suppose Justice Sanders were president and there were the possibility of a major attack, in which many people would be killed. He had in his hands a man who knew the details of this attack. Would he deny this terrorist his rights and avoid destruction of our country, or would he shrug his shoulders saying, “We couldn’t stop this carnage because of the rule of law.”

I think Justice Sanders should walk in the shoes of a president whose job it is to protect people, not the rights of terrorists.

Sorry, Mr. Justice. I believe you live in a far different land then most of us, “the people,” do.

— Rockey Roth, Lake Forest Park

No one above the law, indeed

Justice Richard B. Sanders’ comments regarding the alleged crimes of the Bush administration and the need to prosecute its members are most interesting.

He states the Bush administration has damaged the Constitution. Certainly the actions of the Bush presidency were and are no more injurious of the Constitution than those of Abe Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson or Franklin D. Roosevelt, in their times of national emergency. And yet, the Constitution survived, as well as the republic.

That aside, I find Sanders’ comments about “no one being above the law” most curious. I do not recall him protesting from his pulpit the actions of a previous president who knowingly perjured himself. No one above the law, indeed!

I hear no outcry about the new administration’s chosen appointees, who can’t quite seem to remember to pay their taxes. No one above the law, indeed.

Or, how about one of his own, who committed a DUI and a felony hit and run, sitting on the bench. No one above the law, indeed.

If I were a cynic I might attribute it to political preference. Sanders might think about the old saying, “Those who live in glass houses. . . .”

— Robert Kipper, Bothell

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