Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, Feb 13 2013 11:00 PM

Playing games with the budget

By The Bakersfield Californian

President Obama and members of Congress are playing games again so that additional borrowing may be accomplished, sinking us further in debt. The continued lack of a budget to guide Obama's spending, his need to borrow another trillion dollars, and the billions in interest payments his reckless policies have produced have made me, an American taxpayer, completely incensed. The "fiscal cliff" is a scare tactic used by the president and members of Congress that allows the $16 trillion-plus deficit to grow.

The term "debt limit" should be replaced with "ineptocracy," a word that perfectly describes our present economic situation. It is a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing; where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers. A refreshing thought would be Obama and members of Congress practicing random acts of intelligence and senseless acts of spending control.

Let's view the debt limit with a different perspective. Suppose the sewer system in your neighborhood backed up and filled your house to the ceiling with sewage. Would you raise the roof or get rid of the waste? Does this really need discussion?

Something constructive must be accomplished regarding the deficit or taxes will be raised. Maybe death and taxes are inevitable, but death doesn't get worse each time Obama and members of Congress meet.

Gene M. Bonas

Bakersfield

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