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Category: Federal bailouts
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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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 23, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Rainier Club earmark

Club member: We don’t need taxpayer dollars Editor, The Times: The Rainier Club doesn’t need a $250,000 congressional earmark to fix its windows [“Seattle elite private club in line for $250,000 federal earmark,” page one, June 22]. Let the money be spent on something more important to the economic recovery of the region. While this private downtown club…

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June 16, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Cash for clunkers

Buy a beater, trade it in for new wheels I wish I were a car dealer once the “cash for clunkers” incentive rebate goes through [“No ‘cash for clunkers,’ ” editorial, June 15]. I would tell every customer to go out and buy a $400 clunker to trade in rather than their normal vehicle. They get thousands…

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June 14, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Car tax breaks

Big-vehicle buyers shouldn’t get tax dollars for their mistake What? Let me get this straight: Because I had the sense to buy a fuel-efficient vehicle, and some other bozo bought an eight-mile-per-gallon Hummer, he should get $4,500 of my taxes toward the purchase of the vehicle he should have bought in the first place? [“House backs…

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May 3, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Saving the auto industry

Obama misleads on investment managers A native Detroiter, I admire President Obama’s enthusiasm in bridging many economic interests to help the auto industry. However, as an investment professional I was irked by a misleading assessment of investment managers in his April 30 address about Chrysler [“Obama plan could drive Chrysler to innovate or into ditch,” page…

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April 29, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Banks want higher grades

They’ll have to earn them Let me get this straight –the Federal Reserve has released preliminary results of its stress tests to the banks it is testing, and now those same banks are lobbying for better scores [“Stress-test stress: Banks lobby for better grades,” Business, April 28]. Since when did an audit become negotiable? I spent 38…

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April 28, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Breaking up banks

Solution: enforcing oversight controls The conclusion of Sunday’s editorial states, “A new antitrust law is needed. No American company should be too big to fail” [“Break up banks ‘too big to fail,’ ” Opinion, April 26]. I would opine that your comment is an epiphany, not a solution, and only states the obvious. I was a senior…

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April 1, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Obama ousts GM chief executive

Business as usual I see the nitwit Republicans are at it again. They are criticizing President Obama’s decision to force out Rick Wagoner as GM’s head. They say Obama is “… imposing a state-driven industrial policy on private companies” [“Chances good that car titans could go bankrupt,” page one, March 31]. What balderdash! Since the auto industry…

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