To the Editor:
The president frequently mentions the fact that he has reduced the deficit.
While it is true that the deficit has been reduced, it should be remembered that the deficit was over $1 trillion each of the president’s first four years in office.
In 2013, the deficit is estimated to be about $900 billion, hardly something to boast about. One of the reasons that the deficit has been reduced is the fact that under sequestration, mandatory spending cuts went into effect Jan. 1.
As it so often happens when politicians talk, we seldom get the entire story. And the facts are that our representatives waste billions on pork-barrel projects and corporate and social welfare programs.
There is one thing for certain and that is that neither party really wants to eliminate wasteful spending. And let’s not forget Social Security, which is in financial trouble, and they refuse and/or are afraid to deal with.
So what can voters who are concerned that their tax dollars are being wasted do? In 2014 and 2016, they could vote to oust all incumbents. Will it happen? Of course not, because most voters are apathetic and uninvolved with what is happening in Washington and Springfield.