2010-09-03 / Letters

Mr. Progressive And His Economic Woes

Dear Editor,

The sky is falling the sky is falling. Oh, please government step in and prop up the sky. Help us because we cannot help ourselves. Mr. Progressive, We put ourselves in this position and we will get out of it if we pull up our bootstraps. You do have a pair of boots, don’t you? As far as social and military spending here are the facts.

Of our Mandatory spending of $2.014 trillion, $1.992 trillion goes to Social Spending or entitlement programs. Of our Discretionary spending of $1.368 trillion, $663.7 billion goes to Department of Defense (including Overseas Contingency Operations). Could we save some money by not being in a war? Of course. Ask the people of Germany, France and other European countries if it was worth the US being in a war. Ask most of the Iraq and Afghanistan people if it is worth the US being in a war. We (like it or not) are the world’s police force. Should we leave it up to China or Russia to handle that task?

While social spending is a worthwhile cause if used correctly, do you think it is correct to have 5 generations of unbroken welfare? People giving birth at 14-15 to produce more money. Having great-grandparents that are 55 years old that have never had a job. We need to take a serious look at how we are spending our entitlements. Forty-seven percent of Americans do not pay taxes and the latest poll shows that 49 percent think that their tax bill is fair (go figure).

Deficits are a MAJOR issue. If I run a deficit I have to cut back or else. I cannot print more money. You make cuts and you make it work. That’s it, final. If you don’t you default and you have nothing, nada, zilch and you go around screaming the sky is falling. Spend more time making it work and stop whining.

BING STRASSBURG

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