But I don’t see why poor people have to take it on the chin. Why do school teachers, students and the educational system have to be punished, while the fat cats count their millions and have their Republican ideologue friends carry out their policies with a two-thirds vote necessary to overcome the defeat of tax increases?
Republican Govs. Ronald Reagan and Pete Wilson increased taxes when they felt it was necessary, and it worked. It doesn’t have to be permanent, but it can be part of the government policy. Let’s let it work.
Don’t rush into health-care decision
I wish the Leader would recognize that its oft description of Adam Schiff as “Burbank’s congressional representative” tends to disenfranchise we western Burbankers who are in Brad Sherman’s dramatically gerrymandered district. I do, however, commend Schiff on his communication to Burbankers through the paper (“Health-care reform is direly needed,” July 29), something Sherman rarely does because most of his constituents are west of the 405 Freeway.
As to the health-care reform he speaks of, it is incumbent upon all concerned voters to familiarize themselves with the basics of congressional health-care proposals. The Internet is great for this, including reading the long text (something probably few of your legislators have actually done).
I personally feel that the current proposals are the result of liberals whose goal is to fully nationalize health care with an excuse that they are helping the uninsured minority. Those proposals include requiring you (and most small businesses) to buy insurance whether or not you want it, dictating what private insurers can or cannot do in coverage limits, creating a new government insurance program for all people as an “option,” setting up a government-run exchange of plans from which you must choose, and cutting back on Medicare funding to help pay for non-Medicare, mandated programs.