Gordon Schuster’s letter of Sunday had good but difficult ideas. Let me suggest something simpler.
Using his emergency powers Obama should cap all salaries and pensions of all departments of the government, including the military and Congress at $10,000 per month.
Making the less well-off pay for this tea party nonsense is just wrong.
No on 522
Much is being made of the need to regulate certain types of food by labeling products that have been refined and improved by modifying the genetic makeup of ingredients. In the past several decades we have benefitted greatly from the gains made by such efforts which have resulted in lower costs and better products. The need to suddenly “protect the public” from such products is hard to understand. Consider the following:
The federal government has chosen to not require such labeling based on solid science that has found no reason to segregate such products.
Pass Initiative 522 and Washington would be the only state to have such a law since no other state has felt the need for such labeling. Forty-nine to one are not odds in our favor.
The law is poorly written and complicated. Aspects of it would be hard to sort out for enforcement and compliance.
Contrary to what the supporters say, passage of this initiative will inevitably result in more costly government bureaucracy with resultant increased costs to the consuming public. Won’t cost you a dime? Don’t believe it for a minute.
Consumers can already avoid genetically engineered foods simply by buying “organic.” Seems pretty straightforward, without the need for new regulation. We don’t need more expensive redundancy in government.
I would urge you to vote no on Initiative 522.
David L. Weber, Sr.
CEO and chairman of the board-retired
Wenatchee Valley Medical Center
What a corrupt administration! Dr. Ben Carson gets audited by this administration’s IRS after speaking out at the Prayer Breakfast. Coincidence? His IRS chief takes the Fifth Amendment, after targeting political opposition for extra scrutiny.
To those who disbelieve the above, here’s a quote from our commander in chief: “We’re going to punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us.” So, by that standard, Mr. Obama, who are your enemies and friends? It appears that you are an enemy of our veterans who you chose to have arrested and hindered when all they wanted to do was to go see their memorials on the Capital Mall. Contrast that with the D.C. pro-amnesty/immigration reform protest, and you chose to open up the Capital Mall. Oh, how short your memory is Mr. President.
The main streammedia and you seem to forget the sweep to power the Republicans had in the House mid-term elections in 2010, and kept control of it in 2012. The Republicans in the House are effectively using a check and balance to try to get the administration that granted exemptions to their friends and allies, to come to their senses and grant them to the American people. I agree we need some reform in our health care system, and immigration laws. When something is wrong with our laws, we can change them, not grant spot exemptions for our friends and then punish our enemies. That is not what a leader does, nor what our government is about. We voters will remember come election day.
Charles R. Steinberg
Does anyone remember the 2009 speech where President Obama promised to lower the national debt? In his speech he said that we cannot continue to raise the national debt, and any government that does so is broken and needs to be fixed. He went on to lay out a plan to lower the national debt in his first four years and by the end of six years he could cut the national debt in half. Since his election Obama and the liberal tax-and-spend Democrats in Congress have added 30 percent to the debt, in just six years. Now they and Obama want to raise the debt limit again. You can argue the cost of Obamacare all you want, but if we continue on this path there won’t be any Obamacare” because the government will truly be broke, or no Medicare or Social Security or any other federal subsidy.
Secondly, for the last six years the Democrats have demonized the Republican party as being in bed with big business, so tell me how subsidizing the insurance companies to pay for 30 million people’s premium or partial premiums is not subsidizing the insurance companies. Insurance companies will still charge the same amounts for premiums based on age, smoker/non smoker, etc, then based from your income the government will decide how much they will add to make up the cost of that premium. This sure sounds like a government subsidy to insurance companies to me.
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