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August 13, 2013

Letter: Political egos get in way of sound management

To the editor:

As an American I’m fed up with our government, including the president, Congress and Senate in their ineptness and aversion to do what’s right for the American people. It doesn’t matter if they are Republican or Democrat. Our politicians continue to demonstrate that they are self-centered egotists and self-promoters who care little for the welfare of their constituents.

I’m fed up that we, the taxpayers, are burdened with a $17 trillion debt because our politicians are unwilling or unable to develop a budget that doesn’t exceed our revenue. They continue to spend money without thought to the nation’s debt. I don’t understand how the United States can be considered one of the world’s wealthiest nations when we owe $17 trillion. To quote Abraham Lincoln “You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.”

I’m fed up that our government provides more financial, health, and social care to foreign nations than to those in need, our own citizens. There is no reason for this nation to have any homeless and hungry citizens. There is no reason why all Americans cannot be provided with affordable health care. Let the country reduce the dollars given away worldwide and spend that money on Americans. Isn’t it time to let the other wealthy nations of the world contribute their fair share?

I’m fed up with the Internal Revenue Service for, in 2010, paying out $4.2 billion in tax refunds to individuals not authorized to work in the United States. Illegal immigrants continue to benefit from tax loopholes. This needs to end.

I’m fed up with us being world peace-keepers. We are involved in wars where we are not welcome or respected. Isn’t it time for us to move out of Afghanistan and Iraq, and to reduce our commitment to troops in Europe, the Far East and the Middle East? Billions of dollars would be saved.

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