Last year, Americans paid nearly $1.4 trillion in federal individual income taxes _ plus sales taxes, fuel taxes, property taxes, excise taxes, you name it. Yet, there’s another tax that doesn’t show up on any receipt: the cost of federal regulation.
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Several readers have asked me to expand on my observation that the economic climate here in coastal Washington is unfriendly to private-sector business growth — and to offer more suggestions on how to fix this. OK.
U.S. presidential campaigns usually aren’t sunk by major policy mistakes or the attacks of an opponent. They result from self-inflicted, unforced errors.
George Stephanopoulos — ABC’s chief anchor, chief political correspondent and a “Good Morning America” host — last week admitted he had donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation since 2011. The admission raised questions about his ability to cover the presidential campaign fairly, and he apologized. It turned out that PBS journalist Judy Woodruff and other media organizations and figures had also donated.
On behalf of the citizens of South Bend, I would like to say thank you Raymond Theatre for hanging on as a building through good times and bad from your first performance of the silent movie “The Jazz Singer” in 1928 to this year’s performance by the anything but silent Gypsy Jazz group Pearl Django.
Thank you for all the articles and pictures pertaining to my 104th birthday party in December 2014. They were exceptionally well done.
I served 22 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. I have been to 27 countries and 21 states. There are not many careers that provide that opportunity. I had many opportunities that no other career would have offered. Some good. Some not so good.
The other day I took the Northeast regional Amtrak train from D.C. to New York City, got out and took the next train back.
As her campaign for the presidency kicked off, Hillary Clinton managed to go 27 days without answering a question from the press. On Tuesday, she broke that streak. Here are a few questions reporters might want to ask the next time she decides to give her prospective subjects an opportunity to get unscripted answers from her.
The 2016 presidential election is attracting an unusually large number of hopefuls. The Republicans will probably field more than a dozen candidates and the Democrats, as many as five. Presently, very few of these supposed contenders have a real chance of becoming president. Republicans Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz are long shots. On the Democratic side, that term applies to everyone but Hillary Rodham Clinton.
I applaud Congressman Derek Kilmer for trying to get a meaningful timber harvest from the Olympic National Forest by forming the Olympic Peninsula Collaborative. However, history shows that he may be barking up the wrong tree. Collaboratives rarely produce meaningful harvests.
OLYMPIA — Legislators reached a key milestone in the special session over the budgets, but unfortunately it was not the milestone of having a negotiated agreement that would allow them to finish their work by May 28, the 30th and final day of the session.
This makes sense to me: We get more for our money when we pool our resources.
Democrats aren’t cutting it
It took 207 days of campaigning through two elections in 2012 for Troy Xavier Kelley to secure the job as Washington’s state auditor.