Think about it, Washington has one of the highest homeless rates. There are 15,000 in D.C. alone, with the unemployment rate of 6.9 percent because everyone has a federal job and gets paid very well.
The greatest in building new houses, a lot of government projects are built in Washington. They never suffered; some of the homes are well above $1 million and the streets are now lined with stores like Rodeo Drive in California.
This is where some of the richest people live, and why? We pay for their lifestyle with our money.
I do not know about you, but my checkbook balances all the time. It seems the people in Washington are juggling the checkbook, and all of them are covering their tushies. I never hear that they have any money left over.
It seems they spend more then they take in, then borrow from Medicare, Social Security and anywhere else there is money and cannot balance the budget. We cannot give to our local government or schools or even charities because we do not know what money our government is going to take from us next.
With being $17 trillion in debt, I wonder how government in Washington, D.C., would like it if their source of income is cut off, or worse yet we run out of money. I wonder how they would like standing in line at the local mission for food, clothing and shelter.
Remember, all of us are one check away from this, and Washington is the one taking it. To add insult to injury, the Senate wants to double the federal gas tax to fix our roads. Wait, we gave $800 million in stimulus money and from the gas tax money, which brought in $42 billion - that is billion with a "b" - last year alone. Where is this money?
Now, since they want to raise the gas tax 33 cents, what guarantee do the people of America have that this money will be spent on roads and bridges and not elsewhere? Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., says the gas tax fund is almost at zero. States have surcharges, toll booths and toll bridges, but we hear to this day that bridges need replaced and roads need paved, yet we have more gas revenues. And they keep asking us for more money.
Now I find out all the money for road and bridge repair does not go to repair them, they go to "pet projects" in each state. They do not tell you what they are, though. And they have the nerve to ask why we do not trust them, especially with our money.
-- Ruth Lilley, Niles