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February 2, 2015 at 6:08 AM

Steps for Congress to take to address on income inequality

It is wonderful that some candidates for president have recently “discovered” the issue of income inequality [“Guess who’s discovered income inequality,” Danny Westneat, Jan. 23]. Since the Republican party is the current majority in Congress, it gives citizens a chance to see if they are serious about doing something about it. Extending the Child…

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Comments | More in Income inequality | Topics: Congress, education, income inequality

January 8, 2015 at 7:05 AM

A new Congress: Stalling is not a surprise

I smiled when I saw the headline “Rancor and stalling on Congress’ first day” [Nation & World, Jan. 6]. How epically non-surprising! This is the kind of Congress we get when the “majority of a minority” of eligible voters cast their ballots. The spinelessness of the Democrats is largely responsible: It dove-tailed perfectly with the…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: Congress, Democrats, Michael Spence

December 5, 2014 at 7:05 AM

The real fear politicians face

In his recent opinion piece “The gift of fear that keeps giving,” [Opinion, Dec. 3] Thomas Friedman says that 9/11 has kept us and our government running scared ever since. One symptom of this he says is the “gotcha” politics (especially regarding the Middle East) that’s running rampant nowadays with our lawmakers, instead of…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: 911, Congress, Dan Kennedy

December 3, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Congress pensions: Why should members of Congress be rewarded?

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…

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Comments | More in Congress | Topics: Anna Kozubczyk, Congress, Pensions

November 23, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Congress: Republicans need to stop throwing mud and get to work

I think the latest round of Republican theatrics in Congress (suing the president) demonstrates a real lack of vision for the people of this country [“House GOP sues Obama administration on health law,” Nation & World, Nov. 21]. Throwing mud and sand at the president and all his ideas is not really a viable…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Congress, health care

November 17, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Midterm elections: Parties should govern, not obstruct

Reading E.J. Dionne Jr.’s column in The Times reinforced how casually we as voters take the partisan behavior of our two political parties [“Don’t govern on fantasies,” Opinion, Nov. 9]. Dionne quotes a National Review articles as follows: “If voters come to believe that a Republican Congress and a Democratic president are doing…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: Congress, David Miller, Democrats

November 7, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Midterm election: Republicans invent their own rules

What Republican majority? [“Discontented voters hand Senate to Republicans,” Nation & World, Nov. 4]. Please recall that four years ago, obstructionist Republicans invented the permanent 60-seat majority in the Senate. Even the most optimistic result of Tuesday’s election puts them way below that magic number. Did Republicans really think that they could dish out…

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Comments | More in Election | Topics: Congress, Democrats, Hans Aschenbach

November 7, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Midterm elections: All Republicans have done is sabotage Obama

I am struck by the number of items on guest columnist George Nethercutt’s list of goals that could have already been achieved except for the intransigence of Republicans led by House Speaker John Boehner and Mitch McConnell in the Senate [“What Republicans need to accomplish now that they control Congress,” Opinion, Nov. 5]. The…

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Comments | More in Election | Topics: Congress, Democrats, midterm elections

November 6, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Midterm elections: Repudiation of Obama’s leadership

Super Tuesday’s midterm elections might just have well been Blue Monday for President Obama, as Republicans gained control of the U.S. Senate after election results were finally tabulated [“Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell weigh move to new committees,” Local News, Nov. 5]. Candidate Barack Obama campaigned in 2008 as an agent of “change,” and the…

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Comments | More in Election | Topics: Congress, Democrats, maria cantwell

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