I'm thankful that U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., set the record straight stating that the United States doesn't have a spending problem. They both said we have a “budget deficit problem.” Translation: We don't get enough of the taxpayers' money to spend as Congress sees fit. One of Pelosi's comments was, “It is almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem.” If I recall correctly, four years ago President Barack Obama pledged to cut the federal budget in half by the end of his first term.
Fact: He's incurred more debt than all presidents combined! He also lied about the cost of Obamacare and how it wouldn't affect your current health insurance plan or the doctor you see. Fact: Obamacare is now estimated to cost almost three times the initial estimate. Before Obamacare's passage, Pelosi said Congress would “have to pass it to find out what is in the bill.” I guess we know what's in it now!
If Congress truly wants to reduce our spending and our deficit — which it doesn't — there are “billions” of opportunities. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, has produced a list of wasteful spending every year, listing millions upon millions of wasteful or duplicative (unnecessary) programs that can be cut. Unfortunately, it would mean that somebody's ox would get gored. So nothing ever gets done.
Tim Abram, Norman