Show me the budget
Tea party defender Ron Osborn shared what he called facts that tea party adversaries would rather forget. One of these so-called facts was “Bush’s eight-year deficit doubled by President Barack Obama in one year.”
Osborn needs to check his facts. While the fiscal year deficit for 2009 was the highest in history, one third of the deficit for that fiscal year occurred before Obama even took office. The total deficit increase over President George W. Bush’s eight fiscal years from 2001 to 2008 was a whopping $4.35 trillion. If you add in the $600 billion deficit from the end of fiscal year 2008 to when Obama took office, you get an incredible $5 trillion deficit for Mr. Fiscal Conservative Bush. Obviously, Obama did not double this deficit in one year.
Osborn’s statement raises two concerns I have about the tea party movement.
One is that they do not seem to know facts. With advocates like Sarah Palin, not knowing the facts should be expected.
The other is that they do not appear to be good with math.
I support getting the federal budget under control, but here is what I want from tea party candidates and so-called fiscal conservatives in the Republican party: Show me the budget. I want to see the numbers.
If you can’t do that and just want to rant and rave about taxes, then you don’t deserve to be in office. If you want my vote, show me your budget.
MICHAEL RILEY; Olympia
Wine shop makes Olympia a great place to live
I’ve always liked wine, but I didn’t learn to love and savor wines until I started going to the Olympic Wine Merchant.
I think I may have been intimidated by fine wines, but since I’ve been going to Sunday afternoon wine tastings with Patrick Hub, owner of Olympic Wine Merchant, I’ve learned about different wine-growing regions of the world, how to savor both complexity and simplicity, which foods different wines complement, and that really good wines don’t have to be expensive. It is quite incredible that such an exquisite place is right in downtown Olympia on Fourth Avenue near Capitol Way.
I am particularly thrilled when I can run in to the store at a moment’s notice and beg Hub for a “chewy” wine to take on a kayaking trip to Alaska and he knows exactly what I mean.
It is places like this, and people like Patrick Hub, that make Olympia a perfect place to live.
BARBARA SILVERSTEIN; Olympia
Henderson was doing the right thing
In his letter to The Olympian, Michael Huber’s statements about Stewart Henderson1s presentation before the Tumwater City Council were simply not true.
Henderson did not personally receive any of the funds requested from the city.
Henderson has been a reliable, longtime, unpaid volunteer for the Thurston Climate Action Team. On the referenced occasion, he and a TCAT board member were requesting city support for a TCAT federal grant request and assistance in a regional planning effort. Several volunteers made similar presentations before other jurisdictions.
The strong local support resulted in the Thurston Energy Program, the subject of the June 17 favorable editorial, as well as a focused countywide energy planning effort. Stewart Henderson was doing the right thing for the right reasons.
GRAEME SACKRISON; Lacey
Don't believe union's rhetoric
In the Washington Federation of State Employees lawsuit challenging furloughs, the union claims: “The implementation of ESSB 6503 will be the triggering event for the economic collapse of many families in the Thurston County area and around the state.”
I don’t believe it for one minute.
Once again, the union steps in to defend the masses. I didn’t see one quote from the people the union is representing. Probably because those same people are just grateful to have a job and a steady paycheck. They need to try living below the poverty level for only one year to appreciate how lucky they are.
Were it not for the unions, our costs would not be so great. But the prices raise because the unions demand higher wages. Then everything has to go up to pay the higher wages while a whole lot of folks don’t get a raise and have to live on fixed incomes.
The unions are supposed to represent the people, but they may have to adjust their income and not take a raise or a big bonus this year if the union members vote against them. Who are the members more worried about, themselves or the union leaders not getting a raise?
Here’s my vote against unions.
RUTH CASEBOLT; Shelton