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Our fiscal future

Written by Rosa Colucci on .

On Feb. 3, 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified; this provided for a federal income tax. I do not mind paying income tax ... much. What many of us will earn the first three or four months of the year will be for the government, and then we'll finally be taking home our pay to our families.

What I do mind is the rabidly increased spending by our federal government, far and above its income, which already has put my family and yours and my grandchildren and yours in debt far into the future. The government's budget calls for spending 50 percent more than it will take from you and me, United States citizens. Frankly, this is a model for bankruptcy. Who will "own" the United States? Right now, it's looking like China.

Call your representatives -- your employees -- and let them know that they need to make budget cuts that are real and will truly impact and decrease the debt. Tell your employee to cut spending. Tell your employee to balance the budget. (That's right! You pay the salaries and benefits of the congressmen and senators and president and all their aides and entourage, so you are the boss!) Yes, it will be tough -- for all of us -- but it is necessary to ensure the future of our country. I want to be a citizen of a proud and financially sound United States of America. It's time to act.

 

MARIA SWANSON
Sewickley

 

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