We live in one of the poorest states in the union. We also live in one of the most heavily taxed states, which means we give more of our incomes to politicians to create more government than the majority of other Americans do.

In trying to cope with the fiscal chaos left by the last administration, current politicians are asking for our pledge to pay back money they plan to borrow. A pledge that will fall on the backs of our children and grandchildren, as will the pledge our federal government is asking us to bear.

All are well intended and the government they hope to create is probably worthy of funding, but little of the money will go into making our current investment in government more functional.

When stockholders said “no” to more funds for the managers of corporations, they had to look within and reinvent themselves, reengineer their functionality, reinvigorate their productivity. Some found they had 10,000 more employees than they needed to do what they purported to be doing. They downsized, they squirmed, many moved out of America. Some became sleek, strong, competitive and functional.

Is it time for taxpayers to stop enabling the growth our elected leaders insist is in our best interest?

To give more of our resources to build more government with no greater accountability is worse than any terrorist threat. It undermines the very foundations on which government rests, just as credit cards undermine the financial stability of many families.

James Tierney, Auburn

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