Outrage is present
I am responding to one sentence in Lance Dickie’s March 1 column, “Our fiscal Doomsday Machine” [Opinion]: “Outrage at the contagion of tax avoidance in this country would be welcome.”
Well, I am outraged. I am outraged that tax policies, and tax avoidance (and evasion) by corporations and the wealthiest 1 percent continue to rob America of the capacity to tackle our fiscal problems and fund the nation most of us want, the one most of us voted for when we re-elected Barack Obama.
I am outraged at a far-right Republican minority that gleefully refuses to raise the revenues that would fund Obama’s efforts to put people back to work and improve our aging infrastructure, even though that’s what the majority of us expected to happen. I am outraged that what enables them to do so is not the strength of their ideas, but longstanding machinations (gerrymandering, filibustering) that are nowhere to be found in our Constitution. I am outraged that people blame the president and both parties equally, when it’s obvious the problem is with the Republicans and those who vote for them.
We had a choice and we made it. Did you ever think that the losing party would get its way every time by stamping its feet and refusing to play? Well, I didn’t. And for that, I am outraged.
–Penny L. Miller, Issaquah