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Updated: February 14, 2013 6:12AM



Congress has two months
to choose a new direction

Now that we have gone over the “fiscal cliff” and scurried back to safety for a moment, please take a look back and evaluate Congress’ performance.

Do members of Congress realize how ridiculous it is to do any of the following?

1. Set up an artificial deadline to deal with taxes and spending, and accomplish little in either category.

2. Pretend they are working overtime during the holidays, while they have accomplished little over the year.

3. Not even try to pass a budget for years, much less stay within it.

4. Ignore the basic concepts of sustainable finance.

Taxpayers are tired of borrowing 40 cents of each $1 spent. Fault lies not only with this past year’s congressmen and women. However, it is their fault if they fail now to change course.

Quality of life for all and financial sustainability must be balanced and must be their goal. If those components are not balanced by Congress, we will have neither.

They have two months to choose a different direction. Otherwise, I say that we should be rid of all in the current Congress

Roger S. Luekens

Valparaiso

Unions’ slogan leaves out some important details

A sign on a van saying “unions mean jobs” shows just how a lot of people’s minds are in control of the government.

The words certainly are true, except they leave out one important fact — they don’t tell you the jobs are created in China, Japan, Mexico, Canada, South Korea, Taiwan or that the product is better than Made in America. Maybe some day, folks will be onto the truth of why we are
$16 trillion in debt.

The big cost of a small amount of work is not making better times for most American citizens, as proven by the
$16 trillion debt and the fact people are losing their homes because of high taxes.

A few impeachments instead of elections probably would help us get back to better times.

Russell Beal

Portage

Say goodbye to do-nothing, squabbling Congress

It’s 2013, and thanks to those overpaid, underworked, pampered, so-called legislators who gave the folks they are supposed to be serving a very stressful start to the new year.

Special thanks to leaders who used some crude words for their political opponents, which probably helped to reach an agreement.

They had months to forge an agreement, but agreement seems to be another crude word to some, so we the people must bear the stress of taxpaying, while politicians squabble and quietly include a $900 raise to themselves while doing nothing. In all honesty, it’s is a pleasure to say goodbye to this do-nothing Congress!

Gerald E. Jawor

Hobart



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