Make gov­ern­ment live within its means

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion -

As I un­der­stand it, Sen. Tom Coburn’s amend­ment to cut gov­ern­ment waste re­ceived 64 votes in 2011, but got only 52 votes this year (“Se­nate backs Obama in pipe­line re­jec­tion,” Web, March 8). Last year, the bill did not get out of com­mit­tee, and this year, 12 Democrats who last year voted yes switched to no. If that amend­ment had passed last year, the com­bined sav­ings for 2011 and 2012 would have been an es­ti­mated $300 bil­lion.

Fur­ther­more, those sav­ings would con­tinue to ac­crue in fu­ture years. Pres­i­dent Obama re­fuses to rec­og­nize that the gov­ern­ment is re­ceiv­ing con­sid­er­ably more than its “fair share.” Gov­ern­ment ex­pen­di­tures should be pushed back down to 18 per­cent of gross do­mes­tic prod­uct. Only af­ter that hap­pens can we con­sider ad­dress­ing the need for ad­di­tional rev­enue to pay down the debt, which should never have been in­curred in the first place. DENIS ABLES Vi­enna, Va.

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