Letters 9 – 2 – 2011

Budget cuts so far are insignificant 

Congress establishes a budget every year. Few understand its magnitude and why government bankruptcy is threatening. Here are the facts…

U.S. Income $ 2,170,000,000,000

Federal Budget$ 3,820,000,000,000

New Debt $1,650,000,000,000

National Debt $14,646,000,000,000

Recent Budget cuts$21.000,000,000

It’s hard to conceive what these numbers mean. To simplify assume we’re looking at a household budget and remove 8 zero’s from the above numbers.

Total annual Smith family income$21,700

Amount Smith family spent $38,200

New debt added to credit card $16,500

Outstanding credit card balance $146,460

Amount cut from budget $200

Congress, or the Smith family in the above example, agreed to cut $200 from next year’s budget. Do you think it’s reasonable for any family with a debt of $16,500 to think cutting $200 will solve their debt? Any reasonable person would recognize the deception and address the situation.

Congress sure doesn’t. Congressman Peter Welch thinks the cut will take our economy over the cliff; Senator Bernie Sanders is concerned about the impact on children; and Senator Leahy thinks the cut is about right.

The real problem is the voters who continue sending people to Congress who feed our federal dollar addiction rather than cut spending. Just look in the paper…. train service from Vermont to Canada or health care, food stamps, LIHEAP are rights for all? Who’s paying the bill?

It’s not hard to tell Congress to stop borrowing from our grand children and cut spending. Give them a reality check rather then re-election in 2012.

– Frank Mazur

 

 

Constitution Day Celebration in St. Albans

Saturday, September 17, 2011

10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Taylor Park, St. Albans

Let’s join together on September 17th, as Americans united, to celebrate our U.S. Constitution and its immeasurable value to us as citizens of the United States. It is time to restore American patriotism and unity.

Why celebrate? On September 17th, 1787, our U.S. Constitution was ratified in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The U.S. Constitution, a unique document among nations, guarantees and protects our rights as individuals and as a sovereign nation. Every elected official takes an oath to protect the Constitution and defend those rights.

This event is sponsored by ACWA, American Conservative Women in Action of Franklin County. ACWA’s mission is to preserve and protect our Constitution and our freedoms for future generations – our children and grandchildren.

Everyone is welcome. We hope to see you and your family at this patriotic event in Franklin County.

 

 

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