Letters to the Editor

Profligate spending at root of budget woes

Today, more than any other time in our history, we have major conflict between two political ideologies, which has shut down our government.

Our elected officials preen before the cameras in their $500 suits and silk ties and tell us they feel our pain, and they will spend money to reduce our unemployment rate.

In reality, they will wait until election time to roll out an ineffective solution.

We may not be happy with the salaries CEOs of major corporations are receiving, but in the overall scheme of things, we have greater priorities, such as putting people back to work and fixing our broken economy. We can deal with the CEO issue later. If you want to solve the problem, eliminate the uncertainty emanating from Washington and turn loose the corporate money-making machines. They can create jobs.

The government cannot and should not even try.

We need to get our spending under control. We must balance our federal budget. Every state but Vermont has a balanced budget amendment in their constitutions. Each state, by referendum, should insist on a balanced federal budget. Would our elected officials then be required to amend the Constitution?

We have been throwing money at symptoms and ignoring the problem. The cause is known but not acknowledged. Fix it. Stop spending money to buy friends, respect and votes. Stop spending money we don't have. Stop spending money to grow the government and redistribute wealth. People and governments cannot live beyond their means.

Balance your checkbook, Washington.

Bill Kuttruff

Hilton Head Island