If Danny Westneat had read our pledge more carefully before writing his column [“No new taxes means no new anything in D.C.” Local News, July 15], he would have seen that we simply ask candidates to commit to offset new spending with reductions elsewhere in the budget, and to only support new budgets…More
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What is the alternative? For those who believe that defunding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”) justifies the shutdown of the federal government and/or America’s default on its financial obligations by not raising the debt ceiling, please do one thing. [“Obamacare foe presses fight,” News, Sept. 25.] Explain to the rest of…More
Congress has failed News coverage of the spending cuts mandated by the sequester will continue on into 2014, and perhaps longer. [“Bill Clinton: States need to be better budgeters,” seattletimes.com, June 25.] Each time an article appears about the effects of the sequester, it would be helpful to include a sidebar reminding readers of why this…More
Furlough is political and pointless I’m stumped as to why our president, who campaigned on being a champion for the middle class, has decided to furlough middle-class defense workers for one day a week. [“A day without pay ahead for Pentagon workers,” seattletimes.com, July 5.] It’s not due to budget reductions from sequestration. At Naval Undersea…More
Do your jobs Our state Legislature is starting a second special legislative session because our lawmakers are gridlocked [“In case budget doesn’t pass, state readies for shutdown,” NWWednesday,” June 12]. For months they could not reach an agreement on a new operating budget. If our government is forced to shut down except for mandated services, it…More