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Category: Economic stimulus bills
August 24, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Health-care reform: Is all that is needed just some personal responsibility?

Some required reading for health-care debaters Kudos to The Seattle Times for printing an excellent guest column by Robert J. Herbold and Scott S. Powell [“Government-dominated reform will not improve health care,” Opinion, Aug. 23]. These two guys really nailed it. It should be required reading by anyone interested in the current debate on whether or…

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August 18, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Cash for clunkers: Is it really helping the environment?

In clunkers program, forgetting the three Rs It seems people remember only two of the three R’s: Reduce (what’s that?), Reuse (huh?), Recycle (aah, there we go). Many people seemed to have adopted a mindset like this: “I never reduce anything I consume, or reuse old but still workable things, but I throw that empty gallon in…

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August 6, 2009 at 4:00 PM

‘Cash for clunkers’: It’s popular, but is it effective?

Convert clunker program to make natural gas cars Instead of giving car buyers $4,500 to buy a gasoline-powered, fuel-efficient car, spend the money on converting existing new cars to natural gas. That way we put more cars on the road that burn a fuel — natural gas — made in the U.S.A. instead of oil from Iran,…

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August 3, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Cash for clunkers: Does program prove government can’t do health care too?

Nothing but idiocy in ‘cash for clunkers’ It is astounding that the Obama administration would join Congress in lauding and rescuing one of the most poorly planned and thought-out programs ever. I voted for President Obama on the hope that yes, maybe “we can.” He seemed so authentic, and I was especially heartened by his oft-stated concern…

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July 17, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Ferry funding: Did Washington need stimulus dollars?

We should be questioning, not applauding, pork spending In your editorial [“Murray stimulates state ferry funding,” Opinion, July 16] on how Sen. Patty Murray has righted the “error” where Seattle did not get our fair share of the stimulus money set aside for ferries, the author stated: “Murray has helped right the balance by securing the…

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June 28, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Rainier Club earmark: stimulus money OK — with stipulations

Federal money for a government meeting space The federal stimulus money proposed to repair the Rainier Club’s windows [“Seattle elite private club in line for $250,000 federal earmark,” page one, June 22] could be a win-win situation, with a few stipulations. The Rainier Club is a historical site in Seattle, one of the few older buildings…

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April 20, 2009 at 4:00 PM

No more taxes

Higher taxes will help strained populace While demonstrations usually result from whipped-up emotions, we expect editorials to come from thoughtful analysis. Not so in “No more taxes” [Opinion, editorial, April 19]. To the contrary, this is exactly the time to raise taxes on an already strained populace, tens of thousands of whom are about to be…

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March 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Federal stimulus and tax plans

Stephen Crowley/The New York Times President Obama meets with Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rep. Zack Space, D-Ohio, in his office aboard Air Force One on Friday. The president was joined on a trip to Ohio by members of that state’s Congressional delegation. Liberal idealism destroying capital creation Editor, The Times: Froma Harrop, in her March 7 column, “Obama…

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March 6, 2009 at 5:30 PM

National stimulus package

Tax rate centers Americans after moving far right <img src=”http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/2009/03/05/2008817564.jpg” width=”345″ class=”pic” /> The Associated Press President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Editor, The Times: “Class warfare” seems like an extreme overreaction to President Obama’s plan to only raise the top-federal, income-tax-bracket rate from 35 percent to 39.6 percent, as was done during Bill Clinton’s presidency [“Implicit in budget plan is a reversal of…

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March 6, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Obama’s mortgage relief

Stop the continued abuse of the American public Bankruptcy judges should be allowed to adjust mortgages and provide immediate relief to homeowners at risk. This policy would cost the taxpayers nothing and force the corrupt-banking system to shoulder some of burden of the crises they have created. My neighbor has lost her job, thanks to this crisis….

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