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Taxation without Representation that has a Clue

Look folks, our U.S. economy is doing well. There is no need to cut taxes for the rich to stimulate investment into the U.S. economy.  There is plenty investment capital, but Cathy McMorris Rodgers and the other Republicans in the U.S. House or Representatives voted again to give another huge tax break for the rich. Simply stated, the only reason they cut taxes  was to do a political favor for the corporate and super rich Republican base.

Low interest rates are the most reliable sign of plenty investment capital, and they are really low. The current federal funds rate is near a 40 year low at around 1.2%, which is why loans for corporate investment, home buyers, consumes, and students are also at a low rate. The financial markets are flooded with investment capital and cheap loans. It does not make any economic sense to once again cut taxes for the rich to create even more investment capital for the economy.

Low interest rates are good, of course. However, realistically, interest rates cannot get much lower.  Also, the overall economy is solid.  Unemployment is low, inflation is low, and the GDP is growing a solid 3%.

So why would McMorris and her pals vote for these tax cuts? If you are a Republican in congress who has no major legislative accomplishments to show after your party has controlled the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, the White House, and the U.S. Supreme Court for eleven months, you need do something going into an election year.

The one thing that most Republicans can agree upon is tax cuts especially when it is for the rich, and in this case it will result in a cut in Medicaid that will hurt the low income and the elderly. As expected, Cathy McMorris Rodgers cast her vote for the Republican tax cut last week. Now, she tries to defend her vote in the Spokesman Review.

Q: What are the tax bill’s implications to Medicare and to Medicaid and the people who depend on it?

A: I think the impact of the tax bill for America and for individuals and families is that it is fundamentally going to mean, yes, more money in your pocket. It’s going to be jobs growth, job opportunities and, ultimately, it’s going to mean increased economic activity and an increased number of people that are in the workforce that are working, that are paying taxes.

Q: But what about Medicare, people who are past their working years?

A: It’s going to mean more money in their pockets.

Rubbish, there is no factual basis for her statements.

 

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Spokane City Initiative 2015-1: Immigration

(Letter-to-the-Editor) Any pretense for passing proposed Spokane City Initiative 2015-1, allowing city police to stop and interrogate anyone strictly to ascertain immigration status, would already have been eliminated if US House Republican leadership, including Cathy McMorris Rodgers, had done their job. They never allowed a full House vote on the bipartisan immigration bill passed June, 2013 by the US Senate, even though the bill had enough House votes to pass. And President Obama would have signed it. The bill resulted from bipartisan cooperation among lawmakers, business groups, labor unions, agricultural interests, and immigration advocates, and would have rendered Initiative 2015-1 obsolete. Read the rest of this entry

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Immigration Reform

To the Editor:

In an historic bipartisan 68-32 vote, last June the US Senate passed an immigration reform bill that included a path to citizenship for eleven million illegal immigrants, an innovative temporary worker program, and increased visa numbers for skilled foreign workers, as well as a nationwide employment eligibility verification system and stricter border control.  This was a result of bipartisan cooperation among lawmakers, business groups, labor unions, agricultural interests, and immigration advocates. Although many predict that the bill would pass in the US House, the majority Republican leadership there refuses to bring it up.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projects the bill would reduce federal budget deficits by $197 billion over the next decade. Furthermore, it is supported by such pro-business and pro-agriculture groups as the US Chamber of Commerce and the local Washington Growers League, an influential Eastern Washington agribusiness association working on immigration in an unusual alliance with the Washington Federation of State Employees.   Interestingly, the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration has also expressed support.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers needs to represent her constituents, many in business and agriculture, by standing up to US House leadership so as to pass this bill.

Roz Luther

Spokane, WA

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Democrat Rich Cowan for Congress on Primary Night 2012

Democratic Rich Cowan was happy on Tuesday night.  He held Republican incumbent Cathy McMorris-Rodgers in the 5th Congressional Race to 55% of the primary vote.  That was 7% lower for her than in 2010 when she got 62%.  All the money she spent did not appear to help her very much.  It may have even hurt her.  If people don’t like what you stand for and don’t like your style of partisan politics, more TV commercials will not result in more votes.

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