On Feb. 19, the U.S. House voted to cut $60 billion in spending from the federal budget. The vote went pretty much along party line with three GOP representatives voting against the measure because they didn’t feel that it was enough.

I agree with them.

To put this in perspective, cutting $60 billion from $1.2 trillion is like cutting 60 cents from $120. It amounts to nothing.

Realistically speaking, the cuts should have been enough to at least cover the interest owed on the national debt plus a little to begin repaying those loans. Those kinds of cuts should continue until the country is debt-free. No department should be spared the budget ax. Social programs and military spending should be cut at the same rate to avoid contention between the right and left. Congressional perks should be chopped to bring them in line with the private sector.

I do not wish to fund a government that spends more than it takes in, whether it be state or federal. I have to live on a budget; most states are required to but the federal government is exempt. That glaring oversight needs to be remedied.

Both sides of the political aisle realize that, but are unwilling to take the steps necessary to accomplish the task of balancing the federal budget because it might hurt their political aspirations.

Very sad.

The best interests of the country should be the primary concern of any elected official.

Ed McCaffrey, Rumford


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