Supreme Court blew finance ruling
Occasionally, I see signs of sanity and even common sense by both the Roman Catholic Church and some Republican senators. A Vatican official condoned Brazilian physicians who aborted the twin fetuses of a 9-year old who was raped by her stepfather.
The church official actually believed that unfortunate girl’s life was worth more than the fetuses.
Five Republican senators actually voted to end a filibuster of a bill that will help get many long-term jobless back to work, even though tax money will pay for the program.
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However, the Bush majority of the U.S. Supreme Court is still capable of making stupid decisions, contrary to common sense and long-standing law. A majority of the court recently ruled that a huge corporation is a person, with the same constitutional rights as you or me.
Therefore, if CEOs of huge corporations want to spend billions in an election to attack a proposal, law, or candidate that would protect all of us or the environment, that is OK with the court majority.
WESLEY WILSON, Lacey
Legislation raises interest rates
Recently, we received a letter from our credit union telling us that because of recent changes by the Federal Reserve Board, the rate on our credit card was going up.
Imagine our surprise (or not) that clumsy credit card reform took away the option the credit union had to charge the lower floor rate of interest and now requires them to use the higher margin rate.
The letter offers the assurance that this rate will not exceed 18 percent.
When contacted, credit union staff explained that their banking institutions were not permitted to testify on the issue. Could it be that if big banks can make sure to level the playing field we won’t know the choice for a lower rate has been destroyed? And why are lawmakers signing off on this sham?
Their answer of “unintended consequences” is wearing thin.
BETTY GEBHARDT, Olympia
Show accountability first
I attended the Senate Ways and Means Committee Hearing and the House Ways and Means Committee where they were trying to pass a supplemental bill to the biennium budget passed last year.
The revised budget reared its ugly head again because our legislators passed an unrealistic budget last time.
Almost everyone present had a cause to champion, trying to prove their want is a valid need worthy of more money or fewer cuts than anticipated. All money to be handed out comes from the taxpayers.
I cannot blindly trust our government to wisely spend the money collected from us; hence, my appearance at the hearings. The rooms were packed with lobbyists and coalition leaders spouting statistics and shining examples of their reason for existence.
I would rather have heard each department explain the tight control they have over every dollar spent, proving to us that all excesses are eliminated and the money is really going to benefit the programs.
When our government can demonstrate better control over every dollar spent, then it can fairly ask the taxpayers for more money. And most likely, a great majority would be willing to pay more and we would not need rallies. At both the rallies and both the hearings, I noticed some people wearing TAX ME buttons.
I wondered, “Do they practice what they preach by donating additional tax money to the state?”
Strange, but I didn’t notice a revenue item on the state budget for people who donate additional taxes.
SANDY TARZWELL, Shelton