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A budget makes us accountable

October 25, 2012
The Daily News


The Democrats' failure to pass a budget for four years is an abuse of power, and needs to change.

Not passing a budget is abdicating their duty as elected officials to be good stewards of taxpayer resources.

Both Senate and House Democrats have voted "no" on all budget proposals in the House and Senate - and all 27 bills passed in the House.

Even Obama's own budget proposals did not garner one single Democratic vote.

This is offensive. It means our elected Democratic officials can not, or do not want to be accountable to the public as to how they're spending or how much they're spending our tax dollars.

This effort to withhold from the public how much our ever-expanding government is costing us, and instead preferring to pass temporary spending bills makes each decision highly political, left in the hands of a small group of people with too much power, answering only to special interests.

A budget makes us accountable for what we're doing; it forces us to look at what we're spending on and how to be more efficient.

People who think they're going to get "stuff" for free, need to get real and be shown how much "free" is going to cost us and future generations, before they're blindly allowed to vote to raise everyone else's taxes.

Mary Gilbert

Iron Mountain



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