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This opinion piece is poorly researched and very anecdotal. While European countries have had much slower GDP growth, the main reason has been a poor monetary policy response from the European Central Bank due to pressure from fiscally conservative member States. The U.S. responded to the slowdown with a much more vigorous stimulus package and aggressive interest rate policy which has helped us to recover much more quickly.
While I believe the rich in our country are under taxed, the unfortunate reality of the shrinking middle class is that we are seeing a technological and globalized shift in work. This shift is disproportionally hurting workers doing manual labor in developed countries and rewarding the smaller educated skilled service industry base in those same countries.
Unfortunately, no one really has a clue about how to alleviate this problem.
I wish The Inlander had a way to edit comments...lest someone notice I misspelled her name!
Every time Kathy is re-elected I can´t help but wonder if most Spokane voters are illiterate. I can´t believe that her first priority would be to pass a balanced budget amendment. Any economics 101 student would have more sense than to pass such a law. I wonder how we would have paid for WW2 or clawed our way out of the depression without deficit spending. I think it speaks volumes about her character that she harks on deficit spending and then turns around and changes the law in regards to the FAA the second people start to feel those cuts. Perhaps she just doesn´t like cutting discretionary spending when it effects her, better off to just yank away aid from unemployed I guess.
There should be a government program to help low income people pay fines and tickets in an affordable manner - if there isn´t one already. However, I think this court case is ridiculous. I would bet that the vast majority of people who incur fines, don´t pay them, and subsequently get their license revoked are just irresponsible people. Expecting people to go the speed limit, park properly and be accountable for their actions on the road equally is not very high bar - even for the poor and undereducated.
latebloomer,My apologies, I must have misread your post the first time. I think when I read Mr. Nethercutt´s editorials part of my brain turns off because of the white hot rage that boils up inside of me.
latebloomer,I hate to break it to you but if you had a job you paid taxes. Even though you didn´t pay federal income taxes, you paid payroll taxes (Social Security, Medicare). In fact, in Washington State even if you don´t have a job you´re still being hit by a sales tax. George is way off here. I think it is disgusting to ask someone making less $10,890 a year (that is the 2011 poverty level for a single person) to be taxed at a higher rate.
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