Re "Floodplain dwellers should pay full cost for levees" (Another View, Feb. 22): Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, argues that those who benefit from federal projects in Sacramento should pay the entire costs, but then hypocritically argues for building Auburn Dam, within his district.
I live on high ground in Sacramento, which enjoys secure water rights. I don't need Auburn Dam for water or flood protection.
For that matter, I don't drive on the roads in his district, so why should I pay for them? I don't benefit from universal postal service in Modoc County, so why should I pay for that?
California contributes more in federal taxes than it receives in federal expenditures. Why should any state pay more in taxes than it receives in benefits? And if that's to the standard, why have the federal government?
The answer is in the Constitution. McClintock should re-read the bit about promoting the general welfare.
-- Richard Heltzel, Sacramento
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