Congress works only for contributors

Re: "Big business in bind over guest worker deal," March 31

So, the Group of Eight worked out a compromise between labor and business. Dare we ask why the AFL-CIO and the Chamber of Commerce are being given so much input? We all know the answer.

They bought access by contributing to the senators' campaigns, and they bought power by paying lobbyists to nag and cajole everyone elected to Congress.

Unfortunately, congressmen feel no obligations anymore except to those that fill their campaign coffers. So here is what the average American would like: First, we need an input to the process at least equal to labor and business.

Second, a secure border, which is promised every time immigration is brought up but is never backed up with funding or manpower to actually create it. By the way, it is a fence, not TV cameras or drones, that define a border.

Third, for citizenship, your wait period only starts when you obtain legal status.

Fourth, any new citizen should speak and write in English. We can create bridges with a common language.

Fifth, fund the effort, so that there are people to actually handle the workload of interception, screening, processing and disposition, including the courts needed.

Sixth, learn how to compromise. It seems that both Democrats and Republicans start with opposite positions, pretend to compromise in private, and then each claims in public that the other never negotiated in good faith. Grow up and learn how to communicate with each other, and stop spewing the party line as the only line.

Randy Mathson


Hate to see The Examiner go

Re: "Washington Examiner shifts business model from daily newspaper," March 18

I feel like I'm losing an old friend as The Washington Examiner plans to cease daily print publication. It provides dependable daily coverage and a format unlike anything else in Washington.

For years I've marveled at The Examiner's brilliantly gorgeous layout. No publication comes close to matching its user-friendly, compact and content-rich pages on news, investigative reporting, opinion, sports, money, education, health, gardening, entertainment, and so much more. Not one.

And Metro ridership is losing one of their biggest advocates and watchdogs as well.

No doubt The Examiner's thought-provoking editorial pages and investigative reporting have been a thorn in the side of those who wish to enforce leftist groupthink on everyone.

For that reason alone, anyone who values civil society and real conversation will sorely miss The Washington Examiner's daily publication.

Stella Green

Falls Church

Selfish business leaders ignore city's needs

Re: "D.C. chamber leader calls for tax cut," March 31

In Eric P. Newcomer's article, Barbara Lang, DC Chamber of Commerce president, says, "What we ask for is, is there a one-time hit you can make to kind of throw business a bone?"

Then Jim Deniger, president and CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, says of the budget, "There is still time to lobby the city to cut taxes, before the D.C. Council votes on it in May." He goes on to say, "Game's on."

I am just glad that most of the members of these two groups that I know are not as selfish as their leaders appear to be and not as arrogant, either.

By every account, business across the District is booming. New retail outlets both big and small are opening and over 55 building cranes dot the skyline.

What these business leaders are missing is an understanding that now is not the time to cut taxes but rather the time to help the homeless, upgrade the education our children are getting, repair our infrastructure, and in general ensure the future economic health of the city for the bad times that always come.

Without the knowledge of what the federal sequester of funds will do or the report of the new Tax Revision Commission chaired by former Mayor Anthony Williams, now is definitely not the time to cut taxes. Or to do as Lang intimates, "Give more to the business community at the expense of the poor and those in need."

Peter D. Rosenstein