First of all, thank you very much for your answers to my question. I think one of the most pressing problems in America today has to do with the
allocation of money and where it is being spent. And, to be better citizens, a discussion of where the government spends our tax dollars is quite
relevant, especially these days.
There are several things that I would like discuss in reply to your comments:
1)Justin, thank you for bringing up the proposition for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution
. That is one the things that has
constantly been on my mind since the days when the government surplus was spent by the current Administration. I feel that some belt-tightening has
to happen here in order to help America stay out of debt. Most importantly, the country must not be a "debtor nation". Half of the problems about
federal money is the fact that they waste quite a few dollars and don't account for it. Furthermore, some of the money spent within the halls of
government are used for reasons not benefitting the country.
As much as I would like to believe that there would be enough support for such an amendment, it will never fly. Our politicians are way too greedy
when it comes to federal funds. They want to keep their perks and they don't want the public to know about it because of the shame attached to
However, the future is not written in stone, I would hope that there are some politicians that would entertain this idea. But, if they do, they would
have to put themselves on the line to propose such a suggestion.
2)thisguyrightthere, I think that enough of the country is fed up with the waste of money by the government. However, there is no way that the
government can survive without any federal funds. Some sort of taxation must occur so that the government (at the federal level) runs smoothly and
that the institutiions within the expanse of the nation are well supported. However, that does not excuse the abuse that the current Administration
has employed on dwindling away the surplus given to them six years ago.
The point of contention is whether the people of America truly do have a say over how the money is spent. I suppose we could write our Congresspeople
and demand the change in spending practices. Accountability must be demanded. If not, they will continue to spend more and more money without caring
how the rest of us are affected.
And believe me, we feel it in more ways than most--from the rise of inflation to the costs to keep oil in our cars. If only the politicians felt it
as badly as we do.
Other than that, I am still thinking about how the National Budget would be used if I could control where the funds would go.
Please keep on contributing your thoughts and any information you'd like to share on this topic.
[edit on 8-2-2007 by ceci2006]