Topic: budget cuts
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November 5, 2013 at 7:29 AM
Cut salaries of rich military contactors to save money
As food stamp benefits decrease, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives wants to cut another $39 billion from food stamps over the next 10 years [“State will lose $144 million a year as food-stamp extra benefit expires,” NWFriday, Nov. 1].
At a time when poverty is growing, this is monstrously cruel.
The Senate, controlled by the Democrats, wants to cut $4 billion over the same period. Perhaps the “Party of Extreme Cruelty” and the “Party of Moderate Cruelty” could agree on a “compromise” of $20 billion in cuts.
The reporter quotes Republican Frank Lucas, defending cuts to food stamps by saying, “We don’t have any money.” Really?
The CEO of Lockheed Martin was paid about $23 million by taxpayers in 2012, while the CEO of Boeing was paid about $10 million. Boeing and Lockheed are bidding on a contract to build an unnecessary replacement for the B-2 Stealth Bomber, the world’s most expensive airplane (so far).
If Congress cancels the new plan and cuts back the salaries of rich military contractors to $120,000 a year, that should free up some money for food, not bombs.
Bill Distler, Bellingham
May 22, 2013 at 6:34 AM
May 16, 2013 at 11:16 AM
King County needs to manage money better
Guest columnist and King County Executive Dow Constantine tells the state to think of King County as a business and give it the carte blanche he needs in order to freely tax at away for transportation funding because — keeping with his metaphor — that’s good business [“Allow King County a local option to fund transportation,” Opinion, May 14].
Well, if good business is the thought of the day, then how about focusing on the principle of watching the nickels and dimes and letting the dollars take care of themselves?
As an example, Constantine pushed to have the county run its own boat shuttle service, even though it is costing the taxpayers about three times more than when the service was contracted out to a private vendor. That’s like jumping around the money tree for more tax dollars while buckets of dimes and quarters are rolling down the hill.
How about spending more time focusing first on the details of monetary management before lobbying for authority to open the sluice gates of spending?
Tom Ruszala, Seattle
April 25, 2013 at 11:17 AM
Bring back funding
When state and federal programs are cut because of sequestration or austerity, our entire society suffers [“Cuts to food program hurt hungry kids, educational goals,” Opinion, April 19].
As members of Bread for the World, we study the effects of hunger and poverty, and see the beneficial results when programs that help poor and hungry people receive adequate funding.
Even short-term episodes of hunger can cause lasting damage to child development, putting children at risk for a range of cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and physical problems. Cutting these programs can increase costs. Hunger already costs our country an estimated $167 billion annually in lost productivity, reduced educational outcomes and increased health-care costs.
We wholeheartedly join with guest columnist Eric Pettigrew in calling on our elected representatives and senators, both state and federal, to ensure full funding for programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and the Washington Basic Food Program.
Sharon D’Amico, member, Bread for the World, Kirkland
April 25, 2013 at 7:06 AM
Raise ticket prices
Sequestration requires the Federal Aviation Administration to cut its budget by $637 million [“Some flight delays over FAA budget cuts,” News, April 23]. Since America’s airlines carried 736 million passengers last year, here’s a radical idea for the Congress to debate for the next 10 years: Raise the price of a ticket a buck.
I had no idea the cost of running the airport was being subsidized by the U.S. government. Why isn’t the cost to operate the airport included in my ticket price? Why is the U.S. government, that has to borrow 40 cents on every dollar it spends, subsidizing the cost to operate an airport?
Jerry Forell, Kirkland
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