amNewYork Letters to the Editor
Backroom politics alive and well in D.C.
Why did Congress need to pass a $787 billion stimulus bill in the dead of night this past Friday? President Obama is out of town for a long weekend and will not be available to sign any bill until Tuesday. Members of Congress, the media, government watch dog groups and ordinary citizens have had no time to go over this 1,071 page bill line by line. Who knows what last-minute treats totaling billions of dollars that Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid added to this bill on behalf of their constituents. Only the Washington pay-for-play contributors, unions, K Street lobbyists and other special interest groups know what surprises are in store for taxpayers, when everyone finally has the time to read the fine print. Congress normally takes months to review each far smaller federal agency appropriation bill before adoption. While President Obama has talked about change, it is backroom politics as usual in a Democratic Party-controlled Congress. So much for the reform, change and open government promised by Democrats in the election.
Â Larry Penner, Great Neck
Penalize the bankers and real estate
There should be a budget deficit fine or tax on the bank and real estate employees responsible for making defaulted loans, which is how we get into this economic mess. Dont further the tax on the wealthy, who are motivated and work hard for their money.
Ruth A. Unterberg, Manhattan