Most of the new jobs are in D.C.
In Mike Huckabee’s book, “Do the Right Thing,” he quoted three items that give us a pretty good indication about the growth of the bureaucracy in Washington, D.C.
1. The number of registered lobbyists has doubled since 2000 to more than 34,750. Any questions about the source of 8,000 earmarks?
2. The Federal Register, a compilation of the rules and proposed rules, ran 77,537 pages for the 12 months ending March 31.
3. My favorite: In 1930 each congressional member was alloted two government-paid staff members. Today the allotment is 22. If all 22 positions were filled for the 535 congressional members, the total number of staff members would be 11,770. This does not include the many committee staff people.
Also, according to the Wall Street Journal, the lawmakers have a long-standing tradition of rewarding “their” employees with bonuses. The amount paid is at the discretion of each lawmaker.
The “change” we voted for may create a lot of new jobs, but most of them may be in Washington, D.C. This behemoth will be paid for by you-know-who.
RAY ENSLEY, Tumwater
What was message of tea protests?
Why were tea folk protesting at the Capitol?
The rally cry, “stop spending” seemed vague.
However, I remember internally screaming when BUSH first hired private contractors to augment the misdirection of the world’s finest military, occupying Saddam’s country because of what Osama convinced Saudi Wahabbists to do to New Yorkers.
How does Moses Lake operate? According to Sen. Janea Holmquist, there is no socialism in Moses Lake. Do rich residents have private fire fighters on retainer, while the working folk keep water buckets around just in case? Are there no public parks (read: Capitol Campus) in which to assemble, unless a benevolent aristocrat provides his yard? Highway maintenance by indentured servitude? Orgasmic shoe shines?
What should I glean from the demonstration?
They don’t want taxes? Don’t like Obama? Love teabags? Hopefully, it was just a confusing barrage of myriad messages. Do they actually think we’ve ever been a purely capitalist, Christian, white, straight, or purely anything society?
Having lived through eight budget-busting Bush years, how ya’ gonna’ pin this mess on the new guy?
Maybe this first decade of the 21st century will finally redeem itself. Maybe folks like creationist social Darwinists, working poor laissez-faire capitalists, and Log Cabin Republicans will de-paradox themselves. We can then all realize:
1. This country, for better or worse, adheres to no pure “-ism.”
2. Ain’t nobody takin’ your/my gun.
3. The blind have never lead the blind, but the rich have always lead the ignorant.
JACKSON MILLIKAN, Olympia
Commissioners must preserve prairie
Less that 3 percent of the original Washington state prairies still exist. One of these tiny spots of rare and valuable land is in Thurston County, near Maytown.
Thurston County commissioners have the distinct privilege to preserve this prairie land in several ways. The first is to establish a complete moratorium for this prairie, creating time — without threat of development — to complete ongoing surveys on endangered and threatened species that live in its habitat. The next step is for the commissioners to find a creative way to preserve this beautiful and rare land forever, so that future generations of this county and state will always have some small speck of their original inheritance remaining.
Our blinders are off. We cannot allow ourselves to be the generation that asphalted over the last remaining prairie in Thurston County. Rather, we must be the generation that recognized the value of this land, and saved it.
We elected our county commissioners to act in our best interest. Thousands of voting citizens are very concerned about maintaining this rare prairie land, and the conjoined voice of all these people deserve the time necessary for a full study of this land and strong action that will allow the prairie to remain intact.
SUSAN K. FINKEL, Olympia
Thou shalt always make war
This country is so great because about a third of the people, judging from opinion polls and voting records, are devotees of an American religion. I don’t know its name, but it is male dominated, mostly capitalism with some additions, and its Decalogue seems to be:
1. I am capital, thy god. thou shalt have no other gods or economies before me.
2. All guns shall always be sacred unto thee.
3. Work to make the rich richer for they are beautiful people and my favorites, but exploit the poor and despise them for they are just losers.
4. Thou shalt not believe in global warming, for it is just a liberal sham.
5. Thou shalt not believe in evolution, for it is unholy and a sham.
6. Thou shalt never hesitate to destroy thy environment if thou canst make a profit from it.
7. Never let thy house be corrupted by abortion or birth control. Keep thy women pregnant and subservient, and beat them if they get uppity.
8. Thou shalt hate and fear and despise the homosexual (though cute lesbians are OK).
9. Thou shalt always make war on all who oppose thee, and spend thy money on armaments, for the arms manufacturers are holy and it pleaseth me when they profit.
10. Thou shalt maintain a health-care system that disadvantages everyone but the insurance companies, for they are holy and it pleaseth me when they profit.
BURTON S. GUTTMAN, Olympia