Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Congress, the president wrestle with the 'fiscal cliff'
With the failure of plan B, it is clear that House Republicans are too divided to deliver the votes for a compromise proposal that could pass the Senate. There is another solution.
In the new year, the GOP majority in the House is reduced to 33. Is it so far-fetched to hope that 17 out of 234 Republicans would be willing, for the good of the country, to work with the Democrats in the House to pass a compromise plan? The speaker cannot control the radical right; perhaps the moderates will also be willing to defy his authority.
And they may be the only ones who get re-elected in two years.
Dennis Tully, Seattle
Radicals know what they’re doing
Let’s stop pretending that Congress is dysfunctional and government doesn’t work.
The fact is, a gang of far-right Republican radicals holds Congress and our economy hostage, and subvert the very process of democracy, not because they have a coherent political philosophy, but because they hate our president more than they love America.
These radicals devote their political lives to making Obama fail. They know that by blocking economic progress they also block progressive achievements like health care, gun control and immigration reform. Provoking the American people to anger against our federal government is part of their scheme to start what is virtually a second Civil War, returning sovereignty to the states.
Supporters of the NRA, these Republican vigilantes promote civilian armament with military assault weapons. Their constituents are wing nuts with a conspiracy theory that would be funny if it wasn’t dangerous: They think they need paramilitary weapons to fight Obama’s black United Nations helicopters when they impose “one world socialist government” on America. Their numbers, as well as their weapons, have skyrocketed since we elected our first black president.
Time to call out these congressional demagogues for what they are: provocateurs of domestic terror. They, not government, are the problem.
Fred LaMotte, Steilacoom
Don’t throw our children over the cliff
In all of the panic associated with the “fiscal cliff,” let’s not mistakenly send the wrong group over it
Last year alone we, the voting-age public, piled $17,500 of debt on every U.S. child. Let’s not throw them off the cliff now by settling for a “compromise” that avoids sacrifice on our part.
We need more revenue, deep cuts in spending and recognition that recovering from decades of unsustainable policies will involve pain for some time to come. It’s a shame, but it’s the bed we’ve made.
Scott Flagg, Kirkland