Make government honest, affordable

 

The estimated $2.8 billion to be spent on this year's campaigning is counterproductive, as deception and corruption is the way of life in our governance, especially in the White House and Congress.

In the past campaign, U.S. citizens were promised fair and efficient government, when then-candidate Barack Obama vowed to "make Washington bipartisan, transparent and accountable to the people."

That has not happened. The country is headed toward moral and financial bankruptcy, and more corruption.

The deficit -- when allocated to the 309 million men, women and children in our country -- is about $44,000 a person. The Gross Domestic Product is at a standstill, as is employment, which is the mainstay of our economy.

Unemployment is not decreasing. Although the official calculation is at 9 percent, when underemployment and part-time employment is considered, the more factual unemployment is close to 18 percent.

Politics, not national needs, still rule, and nothing will change in Washington unless we force the politicians to do so.

As a start, we should force the White House and Congress to change the campaign and election process; enact term limitations for Congress; and enact a realistic balanced budget amendment -- all three at no cost to the taxpayers.

Election changes should shorten costly and deceptive campaigning, and with the help of the news media the real issues can be made known and understood. Limits of two terms of six years each for Congress will provide them with time for needed and timely legislation for the people, and a balanced budget amendment will eventually force politicians into financial sanity.

As taxpayers, voters and citizens, we can, with the help of the news media, change to affordability and honesty in governance. And may God bless America in such an endeavor.

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