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Seattle Times letters to the editor

February 17, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Stimulating the economy

Where was the GOP?

Standing on the sidelines

Regarding the overall Republican nonparticipation in the stimulus bill, the Republicans have been caught in a trap of their own making — hoisted with their own petard, as it were.

For years, Republicans have attacked Democrats as “big-time spenders” every time they proposed some budgetary legislation. Republicans further riled up their base with incessant calls for bigger tax cuts.

Well, the Republican base has learned its lesson well, and any time now that a Republican member of Congress even dares to think to vote for a Democratic spending proposal, that member knows that someone back home who is more to the political right will challenge that member at the next election and will most likely win the primary challenge because, with the low turnout at primaries, the fervent base generally can dominate it.

As a result, the Republican party is standing on the sidelines precisely at the moment that the country in the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression most needs their support.

Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich, Dick Armey, Tom Delay and all you other purveyors of divisive politics: Behold the fruit of your work!

Those who live by the flyblown political slogan will die by the flyblown political slogan.

President Obama would seem to be correct: The country desperately needs a fresh political dynamic, one that is free of mudslinging and hackneyed political jargon.

— J. Frederic Foster, Seattle

Tiresome criticism

Republicans, give it a rest.

It took President George W. Bush eight years to screw up the economy. Your wailing and gnashing of teeth about Obama not getting it fixed in one month is thin and tiresome.

— Harold R. Pettus, Everett

Squealing like pigs

For a group opposed to “pork”, the Republican letter writers are sure doing a lot of “squealing.”

Some of them think President Obama and the Democrats can’t bring home the “bacon” and are just “hamming” it up and feeding at the public “trough.”

They probably got to much right wing “spam” in their e-mail and it got to be a “boar.”

Perhaps they should just “hoof” it down to the radio station and cry with Rush Limbaugh if they can’t take a little “ribbing.”

Republicans just hate having a Democrat elected to be the new “head cheese.”

Oh well, they are just a bit . . . “disgruntled.”

— Dennis Doucette, Auburn

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