Category Archives: Opinion

Obamacare for all…

I keep hearing that Obama is making me purchase something I do not want to purchase and that is unconstitutional. I’m speaking about the Affordable Health Care Act. We really should have SINGLE PAYER instead, but the insurance companies lobbyists … Read More>>>

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Will They, Won’t They – Fiscal Policy

Usually I make use of government statistics to make my economic arguments. This time I will use graphs sent out by an established Wall Street investment firm called John Thomas Financial. That’s kind of amusing, although Wall Street is a … Read More>>>

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Gasoline Prices

Why did gasoline prices go up? 1) Our economic recovery has increased our demand for fuel. 2) The export of gasoline (petroleum products are our biggest export) has reduced our domestic supply. Global demand is up, especially in Japan, China … Read More>>>

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Wealth Disparity and Tax Rates

Post written by Norm Luther, Underwood  A frequently quoted statistic by those trying to justify the huge disparity in US wealth is that the top 10% pays 70% of federal income taxes.  This is a classic example of a true, … Read More>>>

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Attacks on the WEA

The WEA is the dominant teacher union in Washington. In the current legislative session the WEA has been under attack by conservatives and blue dogs.  In the newspapers the WEA has been maligned as the body that is holding back … Read More>>>

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More Coal, Far More

Those multinational coal companies are back with new export port permit applications. This newspaper account suggests that Longview is agog with anticipation. To us it is a different story and any benefits look very parochial and time limited at that. … Read More>>>

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It is Not Class Warfare

a letter from Norm Luther: The call for a bit more vertical equity in the tax system has been met with cries of  “Class Warfare”. That seems an extreme over-reaction to President Obama’s plan to only raise the top federal … Read More>>>

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Coal Export Ports

This map was sent to me by the Sierra Club. It indicates that as many as six locations are being sought by investors who would export coal from  ports in Washington and Oregon. I believe that Bellingham has the only … Read More>>>

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SPOIL – A Film About BC Oil Exports

None of the calculus of costs that goes into the price of oil is truthful. The external costs, those costs that cannot weighed in a corporate balance sheet, are so large they are incomprehensible. This film is 44 minutes long. The … Read More>>>

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