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Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Taxpayers


Blame criminals, not the victims

I agree with the writer that the taxpayer is being victimized again. (Jan. 28, "Taxpayer once again the loser." But why aid in spreading the falsehood that somehow unions are to blame? For decades, corporate propaganda has proclaimed the unions an elitist working class. What nonsense, and easily disproved, if the media would ask the follow up questions.
Public and private sector unions have made contract concessions to ease the effects of the 2008 financial crisis. In Wisconsin, the public sector employees gave the governor everything he wanted and he still said no! Why chastise our fellow worker for making small improvements to their lot? What about the charts and graphs showing ungodly income by the very conspirators of the financial crisis, while everyone else's wages have been flat for 25 years. That does not raise our ire?
Blame the criminals, not the victims. Not one Wall Street banker has been put in jail despite evidence of wrongdoing. Democrats and Republicans are in bed with the corporate criminals. This is where our outrage should begin. That our political representatives lack the will to stand up to corporate influence indicates our problems are bigger than getting all our taxpayer money back. The next time a CEO gets on stage to thank the government for letting them rob the taxpayer they should be handcuffed, booked and jailed! Set bail at what they owe us.
Michael Lapointe
Everett
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