March 18, 2010
I find it unbelievable that the cost for the 2010 census is estimated at just under $15 billion. A quick calculation shows that the cost translates to almost $50 per U.S. citizen. In this day of number crunching and data mining, this per capita cost seems excessive. I am sure if this process were placed under bid by private contractors, a less costly and more efficient process would ensue. This government endeavor only provides fodder for those who condemn government services. Chris Shane, Towson
October 6, 2010
Dan Rodricks wonders why Americans are angry and what they want ("Angry Americans: What do you want?" Oct. 5). They want responsible government that addresses are nation's debt, energy, entitlement and immigration issues. They do not want a government that has time to bring comedians to Washington to testify on the issues of the day. They do not want to subside their neighbors cars (Cash for Clunkers, $8 billion) homes (mortgage assistance $75 billion) or healthcare (Obamacare $1 trillion)
July 18, 2011
No second chances Bill Shaikin Los Angeles Times No. Roger Clemens essentially was charged with failing to play by the rules. The justice system cannot work properly if people do not tell the truth, and Clemens was alleged to have lied — at great risk, because the government would not have prosecuted him for illegal use of steroids but would prosecute for perjury. However, the government has to play by the rules too. It is difficult to believe the prosecutors intentionally defied a judge's order, but they nonetheless failed to play by the rules.
November 17, 2011
I was glad to see Dan Rodricks mention Congress as a culprit in his column about economic inequality ("Millionaires versus millennials," Nov. 15). Not just Wall Street but both political parties will have to be held accountable if the "99 percent" expect to see any progress. As I wrote in a recent letter to U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Maryland seems to have a multitude of rules, regulations and other methods to deny poor people the help they need. I say this from first hand experience, having lived below the poverty level the past two years.
September 11, 2012
Please stop repeating the Republicans' lie about distrusting government ("Obama's downsized ambitions," Sept. 9). The Republican party loves government, as long as it does what they approve of - like sending armies to the other side of the world, subsidizing farmers and corporations, and enforcing morality laws. The only government they hate is the one that helps ordinary citizens and prevents corporations from poisoning the air and water for profit. B. Lawrence Hurlbut
June 8, 2010
I am a classic FDR liberal. I believe government (at least in domestic policy) has been a force for good. President Roosevelt put in place economic institutions such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, which provided the stability for our post World War II economic boom. He saw that only big federal government could be a countervailing force against the excess risks taken by big business. In 1980 Roland Regan sold us on the premise that government is the problem, that it is an impediment to the creative energies of private enterprise.