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YOUR LETTERS March 13, 2013


March 12, 2013

Charity starts where?

Dear Editor,

Without a living-wage paycheck for two years and a wife who, buying into all those “dramatic teacher shortage” articles, has dodged the budgetary bullet for six of her seven years in teaching, I am forever grateful I have not been robbed of the opportunity to be a patriot.

I can take pride in the fact that while my family has had to scrimp and sacrifice for months just to exist, the United States can stand tall as Sugar Daddy to the world.

As business after business goes under, city after city approaches bankruptcy and millions clamber to re-enter the workforce, at least the United States can give $60 million in foreign aid to Syrian rebels, $250 million to Egypt and countless billions to other nations — many of which would blow us off the globe given the opportunity — in an effort to buy friends, build political legacies on the back of the American taxpayer and create footnotes for themselves in the history books.

For example: can we not be proud of President Johnson’s “War on Poverty”? Although it has cost American taxpayers 15 trillion dollars; it has created the largest welfare state in the world, with more people in poverty than ever before. At least we’re number one in something.

Of course, the cure for poverty must start in the head, not the liquor store or tattoo parlor. But then, it takes wisdom — not wishing — to understand that. And, at the risk of being a broken record, I rely on Winston Churchill’s attitude toward similar situations: “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”

If what we see all around us is truly “progress,” one must ask just how much “progress” our nation can endure.

President Truman lived by “The buck stops here”; President Obama seems to live by passing it quickly along!

Bill Cook

Lake Stevens


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