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What is "Enough"?

Updated on July 21, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

We have a new plan for job creation and economic recovery on the table courtesy of the current President of the United States. He has clamored for Congress to get moving and pass the legislation associated with it assuring everyone that the costs associated with the plan are already covered. In essence, we will be completing Stage Two of the Ongoing Stimulus Spending leaving the American taxpayers with a bill of over $1.3 trillion dollars and little else to show for the money. Some would say that is “not enough” on either side of the aisle…not enough spent and not enough received for the money.

So when is “enough” really enough? Is it not time that we as taxpayers begin to ask this question. We are in our third fiscal year now as a country operating without a budget basically just paying the bill when it shows up with the money on hand or whatever we can borrow to pay it with at the time. When is enough really enough?

There are those who talk of the necessity to spend more money on education, infrastructure, job creation, welfare programs, unemployment, housing subsidies, the homeless, abortions…the list goes on and on. Any program which offers them the security of being sponsored by the federal government is worthy of their praise and admiration. It is well worth any freedoms demanded in return for its implementation. But when are there enough government-sponsored programs in this country?

The President has said that his plan is paid for time and again. Now we hear that he has simply tacked it on the back of the cuts in spending he has tasked the Super Committee to find in the existing “non-budget” of the federal government. The fallback being that all of it will be paid for in increased taxes if the committee fails in its mission, which it is highly likely to do. In the end, we have nothing but a convoluted bunch of activity and probably a bit more spending only to end up raising taxes to pay the bill. In my house, we don’t call a plan like that, “paid for”.

What is the motivation for anyone to want to send more money to Washington in the present state of affairs? Washington, by law, spends every dime it takes in today and then borrows an additional 42 cents out of every dollar spent by the federal government. So how much is “enough” money in that regard? Is it enough to cover the 42 cents…that seems the logical answer which may cross some folks’ mind but is it truly the answer. Today, if we provide enough money to cover the spending of the government, what’s to say that our elected officials won’t just look for more things to spend money on and continue to borrow in order to spend? There is nothing which guarantees that possibility yet a stop-gap on spending is the only way that we start to heal financially and actually start applying some of the revenue stream to debt reduction.

So how do we define “enough” in America today? We cannot define it by our approach to education which has absorbed billions upon billions of dollars over decades yet the quality and the results go down. Money apparently is not the answer yet it is the only solution we seemingly apply. Can we measure it in terms of infrastructure spending? That would be doubtful too. How many times have you seen the decal on the back of a semi-trailer going down the highway that says, “This vehicle pays more than $8600 annual in road taxes”? Think of all those tractors and trailers….by the latest count well on its way to the 2 million units count on tractors alone. All that money which is designated for use on roads and bridges but where is it really being spent? I am not sure anyone knows but according to the President, we are allowing our infrastructure to crumble because we are not spending any money on it. So the money we take in for things like road tax and gasoline tax gets spent on other things besides what the original intention was for that revenue. We really do not have an area within our federal government in which we can say that the money spent there is sufficient and enough to resolve the issue.

What it really comes down to here is three things initially. One is America is way over due to have a real budget in place which defines the amount of money to be designated for a given item. Two, there must be spending caps put in place to keep the lid on overspending. There may not be enough money in the kitty but what you have is all you have to work with in this budget….make the budget fit the revenue or at least initially cap the spending as such that the amount of money needed to be borrowed is significantly reduced. Finally, when the first two steps have been repeated a few times, put in place legislation requiring a “balanced budget” at the federal level. Eventually, we will come to know what the real meaning of “enough” is at the federal level.

Our current crop of elected officials seem to want to make a career of living off the public dole, enjoying specialized benefits and six figure salaries along with a very tidy retirement package for a minimum level of service. But who can blame them…the American taxpayer has sat back and allowed them to steal us blind for decade upon decade without check. Now we have elected officials who can think in no other terms except spending taxpayer dollars in such a manner as to get themselves re-elected so they can continue to bask in the power and enjoy the riches of their profession while Americans are left to watch their country go to hell on flat-screen televisions. Whatever happened to our sense of responsibility as citizens and taxpayers…when did we give up control and start working for them?

Today, in America, in terms of the amount of revenue necessary to maintain a function federal government, the term “enough” is not a definable term and does not exist in the terminology of our elected elite. This is the root cause of all our problems today…tax and spend and then spend some more because we have not yet spent enough. Regulate, regulate, and spend some more money to regulate so it becomes increasing more difficult for business to sustain itself at a profitable level and tends to make the government the center of the world…a focus the founding fathers never intended.

As responsible citizens, we must change this attitude and this approach to being governed. We still have the power to vote and change the complexion of things in our federal government. We have the ability to hire and fire along with having the ability to also have some say in making the rules. But, first and foremost, we must vote and we must vote in a manner that insures those who g o to represent us in Washington in any office understand the meaning of the word, “enough”.

America can get back on its feet economically but it must come from job creation in the private sector. It must come from jobs which are established by a “business need” for those services…something which temporary government spending will not accomplish in any area for any length of time. At present, it is the opinion of those in high office that our federal government has not done “enough” in the way of job creation and economic growth yet that same government continues to generate regulations and reforms such as healthcare which stymie the private sector in fear of any expansion and growth. In essence, we have a government spending money to stimulate on a temporary basis but regulating on a long-term permanent basis in such as to offset any temporary efforts to motivate. Given that scenario, our federal government has finally come to a definition of the word, “enough”. Yes, enough if not completely too much…government.

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      jon ewall 5 years ago


      Thanks for the reply.Liberals have called me many things. I enjoy the debates and the chance to tell them the other half of the truth that they are not getting from their sources. Biggest prop site is What obama says on the tube is not always the same on the site.

      Have a GOOD day, I will check your new hub.


      NOTE that the dems party have been taken over by the PROGRESSIVES.Past Democrat Senator Miller (GA.)exposed them many years ago, no one apparently listened.

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago


      I SENT YOU A COMMENT YESTERDAY apparently it was not published, lately some of my replies aren't getting thru.

      ps been permently banned on forums

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @JON EWALL...So Obama finally received a joint presentation of his bill in the Congress. It's about time. We'll have to see how the rats scurry now that the cheese is in the trap. Thanks for keeping us informed, Jon! WB

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa


      On Sept29, 2011, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV introduced President Obama's American Jobs Act in the Senate as S. 1549. Rep. John Larsen, D-CT introduced the identical bill in the House as H.R. 12

      So how exactly does a bill become a law? While not all bills are the same

      The bill has not yet been sent to any Senate committees. At 412 pages, the bill is complicated but manageable. Given the politics, it will not move quickly. Congress just isn’t interested because it affects your life, not theirs.

      pass it around

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @jon ewall....His own party is running like scared rabbits from his ideas now and he is blaming the Republicans for it. He will get his ruling on ObamaCare from the Supreme Court and then use whatever the outcome is along with his "lack of support" in the Congress (Republican driven) to shore up his campaign platform for the upcoming election. There are politicians and then there is Obama who seems to drip with the slime of self-interest. Thanks, Jon!

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      jon ewall 5 years ago

      Wayne Brown

      AN UPDATE ON THE ''MAN'' and the jobs bill.

      Check this goodie out!

      ''the President ‘s job bill can’t get the necessary votes in the Senate to pass.''

      NOT ONE DEMOCRAT CONGRESSMAN HAS SPONSERED THE JOBS BILL IN THE HOUSE AS OF OCT.1, 2011. Blaming the Republicans, has the President lost his bag of intelligence ?

      If a bill has no sponsor, a bill cannot get to the floor for a discussion or debate.

      On Sat. the President , on his Sat. TV talk to the people, President Obama said that he wants his Jobs Bill passed. He referred to Congress but never once referred to the Democrats who will not sponsor the bill and/or support the bill. Again as usual Obama chided the Republicans for not passing the bill.

      How low will the President of the United States stoop to keep his job?

      Senator Durbin ( THE #2 TOP GUY ) admitted today that the President’s Job Bill will not receive enough of the majority Democrat controlled Senate’s votes to pass the bill. Note that the Republicans shouldn’t be held responsible for killing President Obama’s job bill.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas is the whole point...why should Americans send more money to a wasteful government that is convinced that everything it does is "for us". Sorry, Charlie, too many of us who are paying the tax bill are learning different very quickly. Thanks much for the great comments! WB

    • profile image 5 years ago from upstate, NY

      Wayne Brown-

      "Washington, by law, spends every dime it takes in today and then borrows an additional 42 cents out of every dollar spent by the federal government. So how much is “enough” money in that regard?"

      I would liken these spending habits to a teenager with daddies credit card, I don't see any justification to sending more money to Washington. Our big government experiment has failed many times now, maybe we'll finally learn because we're starting to feel the pain.

      I liked your McBugles story so much that I read it to my wife and it really made her laugh! I think this story may be the best way to communicate this message that the government needs to get out of our wallets and lives!-WBA

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @JON EWALL...Jon, there are a couple of clips out there on YouTube from news footage in which Obama (as a candidate) replies to questions regarding the economic situation. In that response the indicates that he subscribes to certainly economic principles which must first be put into place before he can have any real impact on the economics of America...I think this is where his head is. He believes in a government-centered society in which all the power and ability rests with the government...the giver and the taker, only he does not think in terms of "taking" but more in terms of paying one's fair share. Those on the low end of the totem pole are receiving their paybacks from him just as the unions and other organizations have benefited greatly by his stimulus plans. The faster he can put stimulus II together and into law, the faster more government taxpayer money is on its way through the circle of unions, etc. and back into his campaign chest for re-election. Certainly, he will work the no tax crowd as he needs the base. He will also work the Hispanics and the class envy angle. Unfortunately, Warren Buffet is a billionaire who understands what he does quite well but that seems to be the limits of his understanding...He understands that he is a life-long democrat but clearly does not understand what a democrat is these days. So much for money going hand in hand with intelligence. Thanks, Jon. WB

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      JON EWALL 6 years ago from usa


      Somehow President Obama is mis- leading the public or is it that Obama doesn’t understand the numbers or the tax laws. Obama is in campaign mode, tell the people what they want to hear. Will the people make the same mistake this time around?

      Excerpts from an article on the web

      The Tax Policy Center estimates that 46 percent of households, mostly low- and medium-income households, will pay no federal income taxes this year. Most, however, will pay other taxes, including Social Security payroll taxes.

      "People who are doing quite well and worry about low-income people not paying any taxes bemoan the fact that they get so many tax breaks that they are zeroed out," said Roberton Williams, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center. "People at the bottom of the distribution say, `But all of those rich guys are getting bigger tax breaks than we're getting,' which is also the case."

      Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was pressed at a White House briefing on the number of millionaires who pay taxes at a lower rate than middle-income families. He demurred, saying that people who make most of their money IN WAGES pay taxes at a higher rate, while those who get most of their income FROM INVESTMENTS pay at lower rates.

      "So it really depends on what is your profession, where's the source of your income, what's the specific circumstances you face, and the averages WON'T really capture that," Geithner said.

      Words of wisdom from a tax delinquent

      Buffet’s company owes $1 billion in taxes, the President, Barack Obama maybe didn’t know.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @JON EWALL...Thanks for the reminder, Jon...posted! WB

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      JON EWALL 6 years ago from usa

      Wayne Brown

      Just a reminder

      On Thurs., Sept 22, 2011, Fox News and Google are sponsoring the Republican Presidential debate from Florida. AN OPEN FORUM DISCUSSION

      There definitely will be comments on President Barack Obama’s ‘’Deficit Reduction Plan ‘’announced on Mon. Sept.19, 2011 in the whitehouse rose garden.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Stacie L...So true. They want us to feel that it is our fault that they have mismanagement most everything we have asset-wise. They assign labels to Social Security and Medicare calling them "entitlements"...damn right, it was our money and we are entitled to get it back as promised on the front it. We have foxes running loose in the henhouse and feathers all over the place where they have been partying on our dime. It's time for a new day in Washington. Thanks, Stacie. WB

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      Stacie L 6 years ago

      Politicians have way too much power and not enough accountability.

      Taxpayers don't work for the government ;it's supposed to be the other way around.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Jon Ewall...You are right on the money with your comments, Jon. A true free press media would be all over this and plastering it on the wire asking for explanations in Washington and at GE...instead it basically goes in reported in the news and press that most people see. This is a huge loss of freedom the America public does not even recognize as such. As usual Obama is saying one thing and doing another behind our backs. We need to get slime like this out of Washington, get the place fumigated and start again. Thanks much. WB

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      JON EWALL 6 years ago from usa


      THE LATEST in creating jobs. The only problem is that this time it's in RUSSIA. NO OBAMA REGULATIONS THERE.

      The head of G E is Mr. Immelt, who heads the Obama jobs committee. Another interesting news article in our local business section reported on 9/17/11:



      The energy deal allows GE to manufacture and sell NATURAL GAS TURBINES in the country. The Healthcare deal clears GE to make and sell high-tech medical DIAGNOSTIC equipment. The PRODUCTS WILL BE BUILT IN RUSSIA.

      NOTE that GE has received $billions of the Stimulus funding and has paid $0 taxes last year.

      GE recently closed a plant in upper new York , and closed another one in Ohio and moved the jobs to China.

      During the height of the Iraq war, GE was selling equipment and parts to Iran that were showing up in Iraq being part of the enemies arsenal.

      Why isn’t our government investigating this company and their chief executives? GE was a huge campaign donor to the Obama campaign.

      Wake up America, our Congress is AWOL?

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Deb Welch...I believe in speaking your mind as honestly and straightforward as possible. Those are not good traits of today's politicians on either side of the aise. We Americans have created a monster in the politician in that we have basically trained a monkey to tell us what we want to hear...when the monkey no longer appears trained, we don't like him as a pet any longer. WB

      @Will Starr... My bad, Will...we really don't have anything right now except the promise of such a bill. WB

      @Jon Ewall....Terrific comments and links, Jon. Thanks much. WB

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      JON EWALL 6 years ago from usa

      Wayne Brown


      Important coming events to watch.Obama on the road again?

      On Thurs., Sept 22, 2011 in Florida, the Republican Presidential debate sponsored by Fox News and Google. Fox is accepting video questions for the candidates

      2011 fiscal year ends on Sept 30, 2011 , CBO estimates another $1.3 deficit

      The Stimulus bill expires on Sept.30, 2011, President Obama’s administration is attempting to get 15 more green projects approved. The Solyndra Solar company executives will be questioned next week by a Congressional committee.

      The Obama ‘’ American Jobs bill ‘’ is being discussed in Congress. No talk has been heard from the President and the Senate regarding submitting a 2012 budget.

      This week the Super Committee met and held an OPEN door meeting. Some DEMOCRAT CONGRESSMAN want the Super Committee to go after $ 4 trillion in savings instead of the $ 1.5 that they were instructed to find. The recent elections of 3 republicans may have open their eyes to what the people want Congress to accomplish. Leader Boehner has put Congress on notice that the House will not approve taxing the American people.

      Senator Coburn’s ‘’back in the black’’ the SOLUTION

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      What jobs bill? As of last night, no Democrat had actually introduced the jobs bill yet!

      That's a dead giveaway that this is actually a phony bill, never intended to pass.

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      Deb Welch 6 years ago

      Thumbs up = useful and awesome. If you can talk as well as you write - you would get my vote for a political office. Have you ever considered that? You are an all-around excellent writer.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @FitnezzJim...It has not been too long ago that one woman in the welfare side was caught creating fictional people so she could get nutrition supplement cards and sell them on the street. The government sure can think of a lot of ways to allow people to rip us off and then they don't want to hold anyone accountable as in the case of Solyndra. I think the politicians have gotten away with it so long that they have become so emboldened that they are quickly exposing their real face to the public. We need a full grad fumigation! WB

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Pamela99...Thanks, Pam...Accountability in Washington is totally out of control and has been for a long time.

      I think a lot of them in Congress are going to find it tough to get re-elected on their next pass. Maybe we can appeal to their fears at the ballot box! WB

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      FitnezzJim 6 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Speaking of allowing them to steal us blind: Our local newspaper has just published a story about investigating a State Department contractor who was awarding millions in contracts to a company run by her family.

      fredericksburg .com /News/FLS/2011/092011/09162011/652296

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      This is an excellent article and I fully agree. It seems there is new information leaking daily about underhanded scams in the way our tax dollars have been doled out. I can't even tolerate hearing Obama speak and him begging people to love him which I saw on TV yesterday really took the cake. A narcissist for sure!

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @cjv123...America is waking up to the disgraceful way in which our money has been squandered while poor judgement and downright criminal behavior reigns as a reality in Washington. I am sick of Obama coming of with plan after to plan to do nothing more than pay off his cronies in the unions and court the vote of environmentalist and other fanatical organizations. Thanks, Carol. WB

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Virtual Treasures...Thank you, I appreciate the comment and the rating. WB

      @caltex...I don't know about you but I certainly don't trust them with our money. They have a proven track record of fiscal mismanagement. WB

      @50 Caliber...You are correct, Dusty...we must use our power at the polls to give the country back to the people. WB

      @breakfastpop...I agree totally, Poppy...thanks for the great comments. WB

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      Carol 6 years ago from Michigan

      The latest scandal - Solyandra "investment" is a perfect example of the federal government "investing" and the American people get NOTHING for their investment. The federal government should never be in the "business" of business. Period. The market place will police itself and the market place will determine (for example) the BEST alternative energy we should pursue.

      In the case of Solyandra -there was no business plan (as we are now finding out) for digging themselves out of financial ruin. That is why the Bush administration passed on this same business (when it wrongly even considered taking taxpayer money to invest in this company). The Obama administration in their foolish obsession weren't even this marginally cautious and threw over a 1/2 BILLION dollars at what? Now a bankrupt business when we see email memos that circulated at the time - that this was a very risky move.

      This morning it has been revealed there are at least three other such companies the Obama administration threw money at - no plan - no business model - NADA - just "Here - line your pockets with taxpayer money."

      You are SO right Wayne! You are absolutely right - this needs to stop YESTERDAY. The President is going to "every corner" of the U.S. saying "Pass the jobs bill NOW" 1) even though there is no bill until Congress and the Senate MAKE one and 2) It is the same rehashed broken and failed garbage Obama has been wasting taxpayer money on for three years!

      It just makes me want to scream! Voted UP!


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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      You can't function when you don't have a budget. Raising taxes won't solve a thing. It will, however, make everything significantly worse. This president must be trying to do exactly that because otherwise he is way too ignorant, despite his Ivy League education. Up and useful and awesome.

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      50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

      Wayne, excellent write. As we the people need to learn that we have and should use election recalls.... prudently, but nonetheless, dust

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      caltex 6 years ago

      Without a budget to work by, how can you figure what is enough? I can't imagine how. The government can keep raising taxes and it will just be more to spend. Question is, can we still trust the government to spend our tax dollars wisely?

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      Virtual Treasures 6 years ago from Michigan

      Rated up and useful.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @SheriSapp...We have had too many years of splitting hairs...hell, living every day is dangerous...why don't we appoint a group of folks to oversee that too. Things are way out of control in terms of the government's involvement. What that person fails to understand is that more money generates more projects which generates more need for more people thus 80% of the money will still be spent on salary and is just a fact. Thanks much. WB

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      SheriSapp 6 years ago from West Virginia

      This hub made the very points that have been driving me NUTS for a while now. Yesterday I was reading a magazine and it had an article about the safety of our food supply. It told the number of illnesses attributed to contaminants in food, and the number was MINISCULE when you realize the population of America. According to the author, we need to give a larger budget to the FDA because 80 percent of their budget is taken by salary and benefits. They even wanted readers to contact gov officials and urge this action. I was wondering if anybody considered cutting salaries or benefits like MANY small businesses have been forced to do recently. Like libs always do, they just want even MORE money to spend. RIDICULOUS, and enough IS enough!!

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Mr. Happy...I am especially interested in getting government on caps and on a balance budget. I worry less about profit margins because the market should control that area if consumers shop around. Of course there are always those services which are specialties that allow little choice. Thanks for the good words and your excellent comments. WB

      @dahoglund...Those are familiar phrases and I still hear them today in the private sector. We have some good people who work for the government who are more than capable of carrying out such choices if we could get the politicians out of the way. Thanks DA! WB

      @Hypenbird...You can certainly say that again. I am afraid America has been asleep since 1950 lettin politicians basically get away with what we would consider criminal in the private sector. Thanks much. WB

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I think enough was enough decades ago! Even my eight year old knows he cannot spend what he doesn't have. The whole thing is just senseless and even immoral.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      You make good points.When I was working most of my fellow employees who had anything to do with purchasing would refer to"things we need" and "nice to have." That is a concept that congress could use.

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      Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "So the money we take in for things like road tax and gasoline tax gets spent on other things besides what the original intention was for that revenue." I fully agree with you here Mr. Wayne. It may also be the case that contracts are awarded fraudulently to the friends of those in power. For example here in Canada, it was found within the last year, that construction contracts in the city of Montreal, were awarded to those who paid-off the Italian Mafia, who in turn pay-off politicians.

      "Now we have elected officials who can think in no other terms except spending taxpayer dollars in such a manner as to get themselves re-elected so they can continue to bask in the power and enjoy the riches of their profession." - This is also true and quite troubling. It is true not only in the United States but all over the world: from Romania to Italy, from Great Britain to Canada and from Spain to Mexico. We have crooked politicians everywhere.

      "Our current crop of elected officials seem to want to make a career of living off the public dole, enjoying specialized benefits and six figure salaries along with a very tidy retirement package for a minimum level of service." - Yes, that is exactly what is happening - you nailed it pretty good here, in my opinion.

      "there must be spending caps" - I think there should also be caps on how much profit one can add to any given product or service. A cap on bankers bonuses would also be welcomed, together with a cap on the careers of politicians/"public servants" - just so they don't get too comfortable in their comfy seats in Washington or Ottawa for that matter.

      "we must vote and we must vote in a manner that insures those who g o to represent us in Washington in any office understand the meaning of the word, “enough” - The problem I see here is that politicians can do whatever they want once in power. They have nothing to fear: if worse comes to worst, they just lose their office ... that is not much of a loss when one considers how much these leaches suck from the system within their time in office.

      Great write Mr. Wayne. Cheers from up-north!