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October 16, 2013

Oct. 16, 2013: Letters to the editor

Fiscal responsibility is path to success

If I were to close my eyes and throw a dart at the House of Burgess “Death spiral” column, I couldn’t miss hitting an inaccurate exaggeration. I challenge Mr. Burgess to find any tea party official in Howard or surrounding counties who hates government and advocates its complete elimination. Those who advocate the elimination of government are anarchists, and one can readily distinguish between the two by simply comparing the behavior of participants at a tea party rally with those at an Occupy protest.

Mr. Burgess fails to make any distinction between constitutional government spending and fraudulent spending. He aims only to lampoon Americans who believe that fiscal responsibility is the path to hope and success. While he goes on about shutting down police and fire protection, mail delivery (although there are plenty of private businesses that could easily fill that gap) and air traffic controllers, he is completely mute about millions spent for frivolous IRS conventions, hundreds of thousands spent to maintain federal bank accounts with no funds in them, hundreds of millions spent in refunds to fraudulent tax refunds of prisoners in 2010, and millions sent to more than 1,000 Pennsylvania prisoners who were able to collect unemployment benefits over a four-month period. Many more examples of frivolous, fraudulent, runaway spending are out there; perhaps Mr. Burgess would like to cover them sometime. His is the larger opinion venue.

Folks like Mr. Burgess may chide and mock responsible Americans, but the evidence is straightforward that, given its current trajectory, this nation will go into default. It has been staved off so far, and will likely be so for awhile longer, but laws of nature are unavoidable. All entities, including governments, collapse under the weight of profligate spending and debt. No amount of monetary or fiscal policy manipulation will prevent real-world consequences forever. Mr. Burgess is right about one thing: The results of our American “death spiral,” which had its beginnings as early as the Wilson administration, will be most dangerous and unpleasant.

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