Will it ever end?

Dear Editor:

For our federal government’s recently completed fiscal year expenditures were up from the previous year despite all the “draconian” cuts made to spending during the budget battles of last spring and summer. Now we are witnessing the unconstitutional “select” committee’s inability to find even 1.2 trillion to “cut” from expenditures over the next 10 years.

When our language is corrupted honest discussion is impossible. In our part of the world a budget “cut” means less money will be spent tomorrow than was spent today. That is quite clearly not a “D.C. English” understanding of the word. (Maybe making English our official language does have merit).

Things only get worse. Government spending, if left on baseline budgeting autopilot without “increases” or “cuts” by future congresses,would increase approximately 9 trillion over the next 10 years. The “draconian” cut of 1.2 trillion being discussed by the committee would mean the increase in spending would only be 7.8 trillion over the next 10 years. That coupled with the fact that nothing this Congress and President can do will control the actions of future congresses and presidents means our only slim hope for change and a future for our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren … is to replace elected officials playing charades with our country’s economy by refusing to reduce the size of government with its voracious appetite for power and our money.

David Greer
Cambridge

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