Term Limits!

By Ralph Lockhart.

  Amid all the hoopla about budget cuts, from both sides of the political fence, the media really doesn’t do much to explain the entire Federal budget issue.  Consider the recent talk about $38 billion in budget cuts.  That’s a huge number . . . . $38,000,000,000, or 38 thousand millions! But the total budget for 2011 is estimated to be $3.8 TRILLION… …$3,800,000,000,000, 3.8 MILLION millions!  

And the government’s income—its tax revenue—is only $2.2 trillion.  The deficit, the amount which will have to be borrowed, is 42% of the total!  

Those budget “cuts” would have totaled . . . . let’s see . . .  $38,000,000,000 divided by $3,800,000,000,000 . . . . about 1% of the federal budget for this year.  If you live on a monthly budget of $3,800 (a number which happens to be quite close to the median household income) and cut 1%, you’ll find that your spending has been slashed to $3,762.  You’d have to forgo a pizza and a couple of beers.

Of course, if you’ve been spending $3,800 but earning $2,200 per month you might have trouble borrowing enough to maintain even that $3,762 lifestyle for very long, eh!

Now, when you wonder why this all seems out of control, ask yourself whether your representatives have been ‘representing’ you . . . . or has all the power, prestige and privilege totally corrupted them?  Are they primarily interested in buying my vote with the other guy’s money?  

I really think we should demand term limits, if not by constitutional amendment, then simply in the voting booth.  All incumbents OUT . . . . . . every election!  No exceptions!  These outrageous expenditures, which are jeopardizing our children’s future, came from the same legislators, many of whom have been in office for decades, who are now trying to point fingers at someone else.

I hope folks get angry enough to push the power-corrupted folks out of office.  The whole concept of lifetime, ‘professional’ politicians is repugnant and probably the greatest threat to our nation’s future. It’s within our power to deal with it.

Ralph Lockhart

Lake Oswego, OR

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