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Tough talk no good without action

Letter to the Editor

The Albany Herald (Jan. 3) featured Sanford Bishop saying that the Congress should be punished for their failure to deal effectively with the nation’s challenges. He said Congress should be exempt from the recent pay raise. He then said he is optimistic that cooler heads will prevail in the upcoming crises. Good luck on that.

Nice words, Mr. Bishop, but will you follow with action? How about submitting a bill to prohibit any increase in congressional pay including the one just received unless approved in advance by the taxpaying public? No more raises without the consent of the governed!

How about a bill that docks the pay of any member of Congress who goes on holiday while a crisis is pending? And another bill that realigns congressional pay immediately so it is lowered by at least the same percentage of loss experienced by America’s families? How about immediate action to move toward a “fair tax” that takes away the burden imposed by the government on each of us by the current and historic tax code that is such that ordinary citizens have to hire people to do their taxes, intensifying the economic burdens we face.

We face further crises — the debt ceiling, the continuation budget and the obvious fight coming between those in government who believe you can spend your way out of debt and those of us who understand that you cannot go on forever on “other people’s money,” that to survive and prosper you must control spending. And, Mr Bishop, am I not correct that the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921 states that the president must, between the first Monday in January and the first Monday in February, submit a budget to Congress? I believe it has been three years-plus since the president has submitted a budget.

We, the taxpayers of this country, pay the freight and it is far past time for the government to live up to its responsibilities.

ALLAN RUSSELL

Leesburg

Comments

LoneCycler 1 year, 3 months ago

President Obama has submitted a budget to congress each year of his term from 2009 through 2012 and has fulfilled all of the requirements of the Budget and Accounting act of 1921. No doubt he will do so again this month. Note that while this act requires the president to produce a budget it does not require the US congress to accept that budget. The US congress has failed to adopt every budget submitted by the president and has seldom bothered to even schedule an up or down vote on them. When voting has been scheduled it has never resulted in passage. It is the US congress that controls government spending and not the president and as such it seems to me that your ire is misplaced.

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ObjectiveEyes 1 year, 3 months ago

If memory serves me correctly, Obama submitted one budget proposal that did not receive 1 (read that as "0") single vote...this in a Democratic controlled Senate. What does that say about the "budget."

You want Bishop to author legislation? Bawhahaha. He's sponsored the grand total of 6 pieces of legislation in the past 20 years, but, the idiots of Sowega keep sending his sorry behind back to DC. I've said it before and I'll say it again...Washington DC (OUR government) is BROKEN and Bishop is a part of the cause, not the solution!

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waltspecht 1 year, 3 months ago

The fact that the Congress couldn't or wouldn't make the necessary cuts to meet the criteria they, themselves, established. Shows you what a bunch of worthless individuals they are. None of them want to take the blame for offending any constituant, because it might decrease their chances to keep that cushy job they have. I imagine the chances of getting meaningful action out of that group to curtail spending is about on a par with me hitting the Lottery three times in a row.

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