The following letter was sent to U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin. A copy was provided to The Dagger for publication:
This letter is to express my disappointment regarding the subject legislation. We can no longer afford to “kick the can down the road”. The debt is larger than yesterday and will be larger yet tomorrow. There must be, on the next go around, steps taken to reduce the deficits and the national debt. The housing bubble of 2009 will be seen as small potatoes when compared to the Debt/Dollar Bubble coming down the tracks. We cannot continue to spend beyond our means and I think you know it as well as me. What we need is for our representatives in the Senate and the House to have the political courage to get our fiscal house in order before disaster strikes; before the Dollar resembles something more like the Mexican Peso in value.
On a personal note, I was happy for the government workers to see their back pay restored and their pay increased at the same time. Keep in mind, however, that my Harford County kids, three teachers and a sheriff’s deputy, have not had an increase in pay for four(4) years; this while their cost of living has increased in the neighborhood of 25% (I know, you don’t count food and energy in the CPI).
So, I guess you could say “I’m mad as hell” about our country living beyond its means while my family lives responsibly within their means. Their real income has dropped over the recent five years with increased contributions to both healthcare and pensions. The individual tightens his belt while the Federal Government goes on its happy way spending other people’s money like there is no tomorrow.
I implore you to seek unfamiliar ground and get government spending under control. In other words, Balance the Budget like we do in the private sector!
Bel Air, MD