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February 11, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Proposed tax cuts

A propensity to squirrel it away

Could The Seattle Times conduct a telephone poll about the proposed tax cut? Here are some possible questions:

Are you employed? If not, were you laid off? When?

If employed:

How secure do you feel in your job? If less tax is withheld from your paycheck, what percent are you likely to spend? How likely are you to spend it all? How likely are you to save it all? Would you be willing to give up your tax cut? (optional) What is your income level?

Personally, I’m guessing any tax cut will be ineffective. I feel people will squirrel it away, in case our economy gets even worse.

We all would like immediate results to an economic-stimulus package, but I fear the only immediate result will be the giant debt we are assuming.

Perhaps, the current downturn is not only the stock and housing markets correcting themselves, but our way of life correcting itself. Much has been written about how American people are not savers, but willing to go into debt for immediate gratification. Perhaps, that is now changing. If so, we may not see a return to our previous level of spending.

— Carol Nielsen, Kirkland

Time to stick our heads out the door

A message to President Obama and congressional Democrats: How many times do you have to touch the flame before you figure out that it burns? How many times do you have to listen to Republican strategies on deregulation, tax cuts for the rich and tax cuts for business before you figure out it is a failed strategy that has almost destroyed this country?

King George II let banks, bond salesmen and developers do whatever they wanted for eight years. Yet, we are now seeing the free market is not free for most of America.

As it currently stands, I wouldn’t believe a Republican who said, “good morning,” without sticking my head out the door to see if it was daytime.

— Stuart Creighton, Normandy Park

Give a man a fish — or a job

Remember the old proverb: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish and his family will live a lifetime.

History proves giving a family a few hundred, or even thousand, dollars will keep the wolf from the door only a short time. Giving massive tax breaks to a select few does not turn an ailing economy around either. (Check out the International Monetary Fund Study at

But, give a man a job, a meaningful task, and he can build a bridge, fix a school, construct a wind-power farm, set up a national-intelligence power grid, make a solar-power plant or even save a nation!

And what would he do with that steady paycheck? Save a home from foreclosure? Educate his children? Buy affordable health care? Purchase a more fuel-efficient car? Plan for his own secure retirement with dignity?

Of course.

Throughout history, the strongest and most just nations have always been those that look out for the many, not the few.

— Steven Lough, Seattle

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