To the Editor:
Today we received an email communication from Adam Kinzinger, addressing the president’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2019. In this communication he goes to great lengths to explain the budget procedure that will rely upon checks and balances. He then states “As your representative, I believe that the federal government needs to learn to make do with less when it comes to federal spending, just like so many American families do each year. The federal government’s overspending has real-world consequences for everyday people and is not sustainable for the future. As our country’s unpaid bills grow larger, we have less money for renovating schools, upgrading roads and bridges, investing in research, and providing assistance to those truly in need.”
I would like to respond:
Thanks to the selfish concerns of the two political parties there are no checks and balances left, so let’s not pretend otherwise. You, Mr. Kinzinger, have a record of voting in support of President Trump as long as there is a favorable tail wind to drag along your Republican supporters. Yes, the federal government does need to control its spending and, like households, it has to trim and make adjustments, but the first thing a family trims is not health care, transportation, and vital necessities like food and shelter. The federal government seems to have all kinds of money for parades, a Space Force that duplicates what we already have, expensive travel expenses for government officials, the exorbitant furnishing of offices, and most importantly, permanent tax benefits for the rich that drains potential financial resources for programs vital to those who do not have access to matching tax relief.
The government and both political parties need to re-evaluate what it means and what it takes to serve the people in a democracy. A good place for elected officials, both in the Senate and in the House, to start is to reverse the intentions to divide the country, to refuse to starve the poor in order to feed the rich, and to debate the ramifications of proposed legislation rather than to blindly vote party lines in order to preserve your base for the next election. In other words, Mr. Kinzinger, as our representative in District 16, put aside a personal agenda and consider the greater good for every United States citizen.