March 26, 2013 at 6:34 AM
Battle over budget in Olympia
Cuts should be extended to erring politicians
Regarding the article on how to balance the budget [“As budget battle lines take shape, analogies fly,” NWThursday, March 21], why wouldn’t you first look at the politicians salaries?
Obviously, by elected politicians deciding how to spend the money and on what programs — in which they can’t even get that right and it takes the Supreme Court to tell them where to correctly budget it — they have put us in this mess. In any organization, the decision-maker who makes the wrong decisions is the one who gets cut. Why do we have to suffer for their follies and mismanagement and lack of fiscal responsibility?
Like a household, they know what needs to get paid for and when, but didn’t budget correctly. So instead they try to come up with new ways that we, the public, should make up for their mistakes. Treat them like employees in the private sector. If they feel that cuts need to be made, we should first be looking at their benefits and salaries.
I feel it is completely unfair that cuts for many services are being looked at without elected politicians’ benefits and salary packages being looked at just as well.
–Andy Goeres, Seattle
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