Have we ever heard of Congress’ members planning to reduce spending by starting with their own pensions? [“Lucrative pensions for Congress draw criticism,” Politics, Nov. 29]. The majority of Congress is comprised of wealthy upper-class individuals, even millionaires. For years members have been reaping the monetary benefits, and when retirement rolls along, many have…More
In The Times’ editorial endorsing U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert for re-election, some of the statements lacked support [“Re-elect Reichert, but with a message, Opinion, July 16]. While Reichert has been hailed as a moderate who represents a purple district, he has joined extremist factions in his party on multiple crucial votes. He has supported…More
Syndicated columnist Ann McFeatters is angry with Congress, and she should be [“From Oso mudslide to climate change, our leaders have failed us,” Opinion, April 4]. We have every right to expect our government to act responsibly and look out for our welfare. But the most important point she made was buried at the…More
It has shunned the jobless and protected corporations
So, let’s give Congress a pass because we avoided budget gridlock and another debacle over the debt ceiling? And, as you infer, the consequences at the polls would be avoided [“A federal budget deal, and no drama,” Opinion, Dec. 12].
We have sunk to new lows. I hope and trust the American people will figure out why this is happening, who is responsible and vote them out of office. Spoiler alert: that would be the radical element of the Republican (or tea) Party.
They have taken food from the needy, cost us billions, ignored immigrants, shunned the jobless and those just trying to survive. All while protecting the corporations, the military-industrial complex and the wealthy at the expense of education and training, infrastructure and the other investments needed to rebuild a civil society and reverse our current historic inequality.
Congress needs to end this financial crisis
The Times is rightly concerned about “scant review” by the Postal Regulatory Commission [“Deliver scrutiny of the UPS-Amazon deal,” Opinion, Nov. 16].
The PRC seems reluctant to turn down any move by postal management to make deep-discount deals with big mailers, or to curb proposed reductions in service that would slow the mail and harm local newspapers and others who rely on timely mail delivery.
Term limits should be enacted for members of congress While the Republicans and Democrats argue, we’re all losing. Valuable services are being denied and now we’re facing default. Government is too big. What is the alternative? We can’t completely close shop and start over. The answer is to fire the employees. If the people working for me…More
Support local businesses Americans are more frustrated than ever with inaction in Congress during these uncertain economic times. But I’d like to give credit to Rep. Adam Smith and thank him for supporting the bipartisan Marketplace Fairness Act that is being discussed in Congress. This overdue legislation is aimed at protecting local jobs and restoring rights back…More
Obama is embarrassing us President Obama went to a synagogue in Sweden, and said that his plans to retaliate against the Syrian government are motivated by the example of Raoul Wallenberg, who issued passports to thousands of Hungarian Jews, saving them from the Nazis in 1944. [“Obama, in Sweden, likens U.S. quest to Wallenberg’s,” News,…More
Hyperinflation to follow After four years, the U.S. Senate has finally passed a budget [“Senate passes first budget in four years,” News, March 24]. The Senate budget proposes a $3.7 trillion budget for 2014 and a $566 annual budget deficit for the next 10 years, adding $5.2 trillion to your national debt. Adding the forecast deficit…More
Sen. Harry Reid’s response inappropriate Have we become so calloused that when tragic events occur, nothing seems to faze us? Where is the outrage over the insensitive, outlandish remarks by Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid? Speaking on the Senate floor, Reid had the gall to link the deaths of seven United States Marines [“U.S. bans mortar rounds…More