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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Budget deal offers Americans a false choice -- By Allen West, The Washington Times

Once again, Americans are given the false choice of accepting mediocrity in legislation or face a government shutdown.With the latest budget deal, Americans are given the false choice of accepting mediocrity in legislation or another government shutdown. When will the elected officials in Washington finally understand that we need our fiscal issues solved and not just kicked down the road?

I would have voted “Nay” on the so-called budget deal, H.J. Resolution 59 which Congress passed on 12 December. I supported the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011 and thought that was a good way ahead, even though a Balanced Budget Amendment was voted down.

I completely disagree with cutting veteran retirement benefits as part of “budget savings.” The honored title of U.S. military veteran can be claimed by less than 4 percent of the U.S. population. As George Washington said, “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by our nation.” This legislation shows how little the service and sacrifice of our veterans is being appreciated.

Furthermore, $23 billion in “cuts” over the next 10 years means $2.3 billion per year, less than a spit in the ocean of a budget that is in the trillions. To put it in perspective, if you earned $35,000 a year, it would be like cutting about $23.

It is even more laughable when you realize the Feds are printing $85 billion per month.

It is ridiculous to believe the progressive socialists who control the Democratic Party will ever support fiscal discipline. And I reject the argument that Republicans need to acquiesce now in order to win later; when Republicans last had control, they too overspent.

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