Topic: federal government
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October 7, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Congress should take the hit
Members of Congress who have caused the partial shutdown of the government should take the hit too. I would like to see their pay withheld until they agree on a budget. [“Obama, GOP meet; no one budges,” page one, Oct. 3].
Of course this would be symbolic, as many of them are wealthy, but still it should be done. Less symbolic would be the furloughing of their employees-all of them. Also, I would stop funding for their “pork barrel” projects. This would cause them some real pain, which they deserve, as they are causing pain to so many people.
Ted Coskey, Seattle
September 24, 2013 at 6:59 AM
No free ride
Carol Sterling rejects Obamacare because she doesn’t “agree with the flippin’ government telling me we have to do something.” [“Insuring Health: Coming changes polarize state,” page one, Sept. 22.]
The problem with such an attitude is that, if and when she gets sick or has an accident, she will end up at Harborview Medical Center, and we all pay for her rehabilitation. Or, she will receive charity care from community hospitals that are supported by their members. There just is not a free ride.
Even in a democracy we all are subject to laws we may disagree with. Women’s suffrage, Social Security and Medicare were all opposed by folks who felt that the “flippin’ government” should stay out of their lives.
How many people would want these laws repealed?
James Behrend, Bainbridge Island
September 24, 2013 at 6:27 AM
A modest proposal
If the House and Senate fail, yet again, to do their job, and the federal government shuts down Oct. 1, I have a proposal. [“Leaders bicker, shutdown looms,” page one, Sept. 21.]
As of Oct. 1, every member of the House and Senate, and all of their staff, should cease receiving all pay, health benefits and pension credits.
Let’s see if they can take it as well as they can dish it out.
Brad Goodwin, Seattle
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