16 tons, $17 trillion: Another day of debt
Do you remember or know the Tennessee Ernie Ford song “16 Tons?” It goes like this: “You load 16 tons, what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt. Saint Peter don’t you call me ‘cause I can’t go. I owe my soul to the company store.”Here is my take on it, dedicated to everyone, especially the young people and the ones not born yet: “$17 trillion and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt. Oh, President Obama, what have you done, that I owe my soul to your government waste? $53,000 you tell me I owe. You tax and spend more for your own. Oh, President Obama, when will you hear? We don’t want your spending here!”
Everyone should be mad as heck at government — out-of-control spending. Remember, it’s the hard-earned money that we give them in taxes and what they borrow.
Here are some ideas that might help:
Stop debt. Cut government salary $1 and one benefit. Cut czars. Cut government duplication. Cut pork and waste. Cut free programs that taxpayers pay for. Independent audit and investigate to stop Social Security and Medicare checks going to dead people, inmates in jail (should go to prison for the money it takes to care for them), criminals and illegals.
Margaret Lee, Caldwell
I often find it amazing that people like Margaret Lee don't understand the very basics of economics. She probably does just fine on her budget, never spending more than she earns and she thinks that the federal government should do the same. Most Americans would agree with that last statement. “Government balance the budget you spending idiots...especially you Mr. Obama. You are a wasteful spending person who has no business being president of our dear, dear country.
Margaret, you really don't know how your government works. You have no idea what happens in Washington. You believe in the 'Balance the Budget Fairy' who, incidentally, does not exist. Obama just does what YOU and your ELECTED OFFICIALS TELL HIM TO DO. Here's what I mean.
Mr. Obama sends a budget to the Congress who takes it apart and shoves in what THEY WANT no matter what the President wants or the country needs. This is what has caused the problem we now face: The National Debt. Congress then sends the New and Improved Budget back to the President and they say, “There it is, Mr. President, our National Budget.” Then The Constitution says, “you have to spend that money on these 'special' projects and cut these projects.” If the President doesn't have the funds to pay for all of this Pork & Beans, then the president – by law – still has to fund those projects. How? By borrowing the money. From whom? US. How? By printing more money or borrowing from another country. Like the Iraq War...funded with money we DID NOT HAVE.
Margaret, we spend money like drunk sailors and you blame it on The President. He has little or nothing to do with our spending. The US Treasury and the US Legislature does. Stop blaming the president and vote out those idiots in congress.