Politicians are leading us down a road to bankruptcy
I just returned from a week long trip to a European nation and have seen first-hand a society in utter dependence on the government. The country I visited is in deep financial trouble because of entitlements and social service debt.
That trip was very enlightening and provided me a perspective that I cannot explain in just 300 words. I only hope to convey that if we continue on the very path we are on we have a bleak outlook.
Our leaders refuse to address social dependency and our media is predictably portraying the impact of any austerity measures on the poor and needy of our society as a judgment against action. That is all the information you will be provided.
The roadblocks to honest and realistic decision making almost guarantees our future to be very much like the country I visited.
We will very soon run out of money to support the burden we have elected upon ourselves and cuts will be made, there is no other option.
The rhetoric will increase, portraying anyone who threatens the status quo in a very negative way. Some of the proposed options from our enlightened leaders will be politically expedient and very alluring in their intention but will lead down a path where there is little benefit.
This really is a goose and golden egg scenario. The goose is really, very sick.
I urge you to vote, not based on political rhetoric but based on real thought for the future of this nation. We can’t have a government that provides everything for everyone. Vote for the one who promises that “safety” blanket or “protection” for one group or another and you vote for the one who will drive us to bankruptcy.
This used to be a campaign speech with little seriousness. Now it’s the reality.
Is there really a need to cut education spending?
I was unable to attend the “Meet the Legislators” event at Cascade High School on May 17, but after reading an article about it in the Everett Herald some of the comments were interesting to say the least.
I agree with Maggie Richards, LSHS English Teacher, and believe that hiring and firing of teachers should be handled at the district level.
I elect a school board to handle these issues and they hire a Superintendent to execute the plan. I found the comments by Ms. Julie Mains, Lynnwood parent interesting, who said we would have plenty of money if we taxed the rich and corporations. Of course, what gives us the right to tax part of society more than the other, because they are successful financially?
Wow, that is how you get wealthy people to leave your state, just ask Maryland when they tried that idea. Taxing corporations, Hmm... The new popular thing is to demonize corporations, until you want your paycheck signed or how about when you look at your 401K.
Lest we forget, when we retire, I am sure we want those dirty corporations making big profits.
I guess during the event Rep., Mary Roberts (D-Lynnwood), chastised any teachers or people in the crowd that voted against the income tax and the two-thirds majority initiative, but what right is it of a representative to chastise citizens.
Rep. Roberts works for and represents the citizens of Washington State and in particular her district.
I will close with an important fact; the state’s Office of Financial Management has stated that the state will make over $4 billion more in the 2011-2013 biennium than we made in the 2009-2011, so why are we talking about cutting education spending?
Thanks to those who helped during auto accident
My sincerest thanks to all the people who stopped to assist after a car wreck on April 24 at the intersection of 20th and 83rd Ave. Unfortunately I didn’t get any names but their compassion, reassurance and assistance especially with three grandchildren in the van as I was pinned in from the seatbelt and couldn’t get to them.
The same thanks go to emergency services who are always invaluable. Thankfully, no serious injuries.
Thanks again to all.