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Taxes and Mcmorris

(LETTER TO THE EDITOR) In her email to constituents, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers exclaimed “This is huge!” And indeed it is HUGE! The recently-passed tax bill is a HUGE boondoggle for the rich!

The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center estimates that, under the law, the middle fifth of American households will see an average increase in after-tax income next year of $930 while the top 1 percent gets an average increase of $51,140! This is paid for by an approximately 1.5 trillion dollar increase in national debt over 10 years (nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office). That is HUGE!

Economist Lisa Brown, former Washington state Senate Majority Leader from Spokane and Chancellor of Washington State University Spokane, including the new medical school, is running against McMorris Rodgers. Brown’s analysis: “The fundamental reality of this [tax] bill is that 83 percent of the benefits go to the top 1 percent, and I don’t see that as pro-most families. And I don’t see it as pro-economy either.” (Spokesman-Review, 12/21/17)

My heartfelt thanks to the Republican Party and its loyal echo, McMorris Rodgers, for my first monthly middle class increase in income from the bill. In fact, I’ve already spent it—at the Dollar store. That is MINISCULE!
Norm Luther
Spokane, WA

January 8, 2018

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Misleading Comments about McMorris Rodgers

(LETTER TO THE EDITOR) Tom Horne’s 9/14/17 Spokesman-Review letter (“Read CMR’s Comments”) is very misleading.  Repeatedly, Cathy McMorris Rodgers has simply parroted Republican Speakers of the House of Representatives John Boehner and Paul Ryan, with no mind of her own.  Nevertheless, McMorris Rodgers is listed among House Republican leadership.  As such, she joined the leadership’s block of a full House vote on the June 27, 2013 bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill passed by the Senate, even though it had enough votes to pass the House at the time.  Enough House Republicans joining Democrats favored the bipartisan Senate bill for it to become law with then-President Obama’s signature had Republican House leaders, including McMorris Rodgers, allowed a vote by the full House.  The law would have ended deportations except in criminal cases. Thus Mr. Horne’s statement that “Cathy and the Republican leadership want ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ like the Senate passed in 2013, which would give legal status to almost all 11 million illegal aliens“ is completely false.

Most definitely, her idea of “comprehensive immigration reform”  is altogether different from that of the bipartisan bill passed by the Senate.  As usual, McMorris Rodgers simply follows the Republican House leadership, and it advocates a draconian approach to immigration.

Norm Luther
Spokane, WA 99223

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Smith-Barbieri Fund

(Letter-to-the-Editor) What a great, informative article Shawn Vestal wrote for the Friday Spokesman Review! Our community is richly blessed to have Sharon Smith and Don Barbieri doing their magic in many directions.

For several years, my husband and I were the State Committee man and woman representing Skamania County for the Democratic Party. Sharon Smith was the outstanding state vice-chair for a time, and we were so disappointed when she chose not to run again. Now we have moved to Spokane and your article beautifully explains the great ways she is using her skills and energy. We can see that the change was in a good cause, and feel that Spokane is very lucky to have this team living out their values with such generosity.

Roz Luther
Spokane, WA

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Walmart is Detroying Us

(Posted for Keith Milligan) In 1976, I was working at a small family owned hardware store in Covington, LA. It was enough to  support me and my new family until Wal-Mart came to town. My hrs. were cut in half which caused considerable financial hardship on me as the sole provider, at the time, of our young family. Needless to say, I don’t shop at Wal-Mart, with such a negative impact on my personal finances caused by their arrival into my hometown at the time.

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Rob McKenna has been making his rounds with the outlandish claim that he won the first debate with candidate Jay Inslee for Governor of Washington.  The debate occurred in Spokane two weeks ago.  Maybe McKenna thought  it was a contest to be the most annoying, or the most elitist, or perhaps who could bash middle-class American’s the hardest.

To quote one audience member who was at the Jay Inslee vs. Rob McKenna debate, Rob McKenna was apparently “blaming homeowners for the financial crisis.”

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