Don Brunell

‘Start over’ is not code for stonewalling health-care reform

President Obama and Democrats in Congress say that starting over on health-care reform is akin to stonewalling.

BRUNELL: Making money is a good thing

These days, it seems like profit has become a dirty word.

BRUNELL: Connect the dots, then do the math

Too often, elected officials forget to connect the dots and do the math.

BRUNELL: Don’t rob Peter to pay Paul

My dad lived by the axiom, “You don’t rob Peter to pay Paul!” For our family, that meant mom couldn’t raid our piggy banks to buy something the family budget didn’t cover.

BRUNELL: Unemployement tax creates a Catch-22

It is the ultimate no-win situation. A Catch-22.

BRUNELL: Special interests prevent budget cuts

In good times, our elected leaders can walk the high wire between spending and taxes, spreading money around like gobs of peanut butter on a slice of toast.

DON BRUNELL: Big ideas need some time to simmer

Big ideas are not microwavable snacks, instantly ready for American taxpayers to swallow.

DON BRUNELL: America still leads the way in caring

Our country may be struggling to compete economically with China, India and other rapidly-developing nations, but when disaster strikes, America still leads the world in… Continue reading

DON BRUNELL: Private sector is the key to prosperity

Lawmakers gathered in Olympia for the 2010 legislative session can either set our state up for long-term prosperity or put off the tough budget decisions until 2011 when it will be even more difficult to solve our financial problems.

DON BRUNELL: Lawmakers aim at petroleum industry

Some state lawmakers plan to hit petroleum producers with more than $1.2 billion in new costs during the next decade to pay for new water pollution programs.

DON BRUNELL: Lump of coal in Christmas stocking

Senate Democrats describe their health-reform bill as a Christmas present for the American people. In reality, it is a lump of coal for U.S. taxpayers.

High taxes jeopardize our state jobs

Taxes are powerful tools that change behavior. Low taxes encourage, high taxes discourage.

BRUNELL: Rearranging deck chairs on Titanic

As part of its health-reform package, the U.S. Senate wants to expand access to the nearly bankrupt Medicare program.

DON BRUNELL: No magic wand, only hard choices

In our state, the governor must submit a balanced budget to the Legislature.

DON BRUNELL: Disorder in the American court system

As the debate rages over the causes and consequences of global warming, one impact is certain: global warming is about to create an avalanche of lawsuits against the federal government and private industry.

Flags signal the start of the suffering

Lowering our flags to half-staff seems to be an all too familiar sight across our nation these days.

DON BRUNELL: State is a hotbed for green energy

Two studies recently confirmed what most people in Washington already know: Our state is a hotbed for green energy innovation, conservation and job creation.

DON BRUNELL: Our innovation will bring U.S. back

Some prominent economists tell us we are starting to come out of the worst recession since the Great Depression, but many worry the uptick won’t last.

Program may die after Dottie flies

If all goes as planned, Vancouver teacher-astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger will be on board Space Shuttle Discovery when it lifts off March 10.

Bad times show comp system flaws

Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries has proposed an average 7.6 percent increase in workers’ compensation premiums for 2010.