Spending is the real issue

So letter writer Victor Reilly again is the enlightened one, and everyone else who disagrees are the buffoons (“An informed vote is vital” Sept. 21).

I’m glad Mr. Reilly voted in the 1944 election. That means he got to enjoy the real-estate boom in the 1960s and ’70s, and the stock market boom in the 1980s and ’90s.

I also have voted in every presidential election since 1976. My candidate won five times and lost four times. Also, the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress for most of that time. Mr. Reilly can thank the 100-year industrial revolution and the 30-year technology revolution for whatever financial prosperity he has enjoyed, because who was president or who controlled Congress had little overall effect on the difference. Whatever Congress did in the past 25 years was usually a drag on said economy.

But the politicians of both political parties are in bed together on one issue that will be the ruin of us all. They have spent money like drunken sailors and borrowed money that can never be paid back. When the “party” is over, the government – and not business – can take credit for the total economic collapse that is coming, as sure as the sun is coming up tomorrow. What will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back – $20 trillion, $25 trillion, $50 trillion? Let’s just keep our heads in the sand and keep rolling the dice year after year.

In my 10th presidential election, I guess I’ll be throwing my vote away – and I don’t mean on the “crazy aunt in the attic.”

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