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Letters to the Editor published April 21, 2010
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The government should be audited

Editor, Ceres Courier,

Our government should be audited. Spending is out of control and by the end of this year, our national debt will be 13 trillion dollars.

According to, our national debt is already over $12.5 trillion. Our government needs to cut spending. The Obama administration is playing a shell game on the American people. They raised governmental spending an astounding 24 percent in 2009 and then freezes $15 billion in discrestionary spending in 2010 to pretend to be fiscally conservative for their political survival after they had ballooned the deficit to $1.3 trillion in 2009 under his administration. The 24 percent increase is still there. This is the same as a family that makes $50,000 a year living on a budget of $62,000 a year and going into debt $12,000 each year without cutting expenses. Except our government is still spending trillions beyond its means.

Since President Obama and Nancy Pelosi have teamed up, government spending will increase by a trillion dollars over the next decade while they plan to raise taxes on the American people by $1.4 trillion. They will also add $1.6 trillion to the national debt just in 2010 and on Feb. 4, Congress approved $1.9 trillion of an additional debt ceiling to $14.3 trillion. This large expansion of governmental waste has become Democrats spending on steriods. According to the Heritage Foundation, President Obama's budget would run $7.6 trillion in deficits and more debt than all other presidents in American history - from George Washington through George W. Bush combined. As a result of these deficits, net interest spending would reach $840 billion in 2020.

President Obama stated when elected he would not going to sign any bill filled with pork (payoffs). Yet, even with a Democrat controlled Congress, he has approved more than 14,000 of wasted government spending amendments with no fiscal accountability. Then President Obama promised that 95 percent of American would get a tax cut; but this has been a lie as everyone has had their taxes increased.

Congress has wasted our tax dollars for their own luxury. Nancy Pelosi wasn't happy with the USAF C-20B jet she had as Speaker so she ordered a big fat 200-seat, USAF C-32, Boeing 757 jet, even though Speaker Newt Gingrich flew commercial most of the time.

America needs to audit itself and the wasteful spending it does. We can not spend our way out of recession or borrow our way out of debt and no country has ever taxed its way into prosperity. We need to cut spending, stop all pork attachments to bills, adopt a Balance Budget Amendment and approve the line item veto to hold every president accountable to those items approved in the budget or bill.

Frank Aquila

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