We are now in the final few days for many of us to write the check and pay the taxes we couldn't bring ourselves to pay last year. What a dismal feeling it is to know we will be funding the activities of the government, which hasn't even agreed to a budget since April 29, 2009.
That alone makes one feel that spending with no budgetary restraint is purposefully careless and provides fertile ground for waste and abuse. The latest poster child for outrageous waste and abuse is The Washington Post's expose about the General Services Administration's $823,000 lavish Las Vegas "planning conference." No doubt that is not the first, the worst, or the only example of this kind of betrayal of the taxpayer, and all of this under the oversight of President Barak Obama, who manages the GSA along with the rest of the vast army of civil servants who spend what we send them.
Every day, I watch the riots and discontent in Europe as countries struggle trying to correct years of out-of-control spending and I am depressed at how little our elected officials in Washington seem to see the parallel.
Donald M. Sealey