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Published: Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Thanks to the sequester, federal spending from Jan. 1 to Oct. 1, 2013, was reduced by $100 billion. That is the good news. The bad news is that the budget deficit for fiscal 2013 still will be a staggering $680 billion.

So what do some of our esteemed representatives want to do? They want to restore some of the spending cuts forced on the federal government by the sequester.

In fiscal 2013, federal revenue was $2.8 trillion while spending was $3.5 trillion, leaving the government with a budget deficit of almost $700 billion.

Because of the sequester, spending was reduced by $100 billion. Instead of looking for more ways to reduce wasteful spending, there are members of Congress who want to end some of the spending cuts mandated by the sequester.

In 2013, defense spending was $821.6 billion, which was only a slight reduction from the years when the country was actively engaged in two wars.

That leaves taxpayers with only one option. If they do not want to continue to see their tax dollars wasted on bloated government agencies and departments, vote out of office the career politicians responsible for a national debt of almost $17 trillion.

Voters can send a message to Congress that they are sick and tired of the corruption and wasteful spending, by voting to oust all senators and members of the House who have already served 12 years.

Victor Darst

West Dundee

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