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The government should be audited
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Editor, Manteca Bulletin,
May is known for being the beginning of Tax Freedom Day, where all income from January through the first week in May is technically taken in one way or another from the people to supply government spending.  President Obama stated when he was elected he would not sign any bill filled with pork (payoffs). Yet, even with a Democrat-controlled congress, he has approved more than 14,000 of wasted government spending amendments with no fiscal accountability. Then President Obama promised that 95% of Americans would get a tax cut; but this has been a lie as everyone has had their taxes increased.

Congress has wasted our tax dollars for their own luxury. Democrat Nancy Pelosi wasn’t happy with the USAF C-20B jet she had as House Speaker so she ordered a Big Fat, 200-seat, USAF C-32, Boeing 757 jet, even though former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, flew commercial most of the time. The fuel cost alone of Pelosi’s jet is $60,000. one way from Washington D.C. to San Francisco. Which means “we the people” paid $480,000 per month and $5,760,000 annually just on her fuel cost alone!  So much for being concerned about global warming. This does not include over $100,000 used by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for “in flight services” of food and liquor or $2.1 million paid annually for military escorts.

Just to remove Pelosi as House Speaker and take away her taxpayer’s funded jet would be reason in itself not to vote for any Democrat.  Yet, congress wants us to trust them and believe they know how to spend our tax money.  Congress wasted $6 million in stimulus money to a California contractor under federal investigation for overcharging San Diego for cleanup after the 2007 wildfires.  A Denver developer received $13 million in tax credits to help build a senior housing complex despite being sued as a slumlord for running decrepit, rodent-infested apartment buildings. This are just some of the wasted money given out.  

Our government should be audited.  Spending is out of control and by the end of this year, our national debt will be 13 trillion dollars.  Our national debt is already over $12.5 trillion.  Our government needs to cut spending.  The Obama administration is playing a shell game on the American people.  They raised governmental spending an astounding 24% in 2009 and then froze $15 billion in discretionary spending in 2010 to pretend to be fiscally conservative for their political survival after they had ballooned the deficit to $1.3 trillion in 2009 under his administration.  The 24% increase is still there.  This is the same as a family that makes $50,000 a year living on a budget of $62,000 a year and going into debt $12,000 each year without cutting expenses - except our government is still spending trillions beyond its means.  Families have to live within budgets and so should our government without burdening the people with taxes, fees, tolls, and fines or whatever else the federal, state, county and local governments can think of to take money from the people in order to continue to spend wastefully. Unfortunately, “we the people” have blindly elected our representatives that have laid a large tax burden on ourselves while bankrupting programs such as Social Security that is supposed to be there for the American people.  These same policies caused the 2008 financial problems and are the same policies that will create the perfect economic storm for the future of America.  

The targeted tax provisions under the Bush administration’s Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 will expire on December 31 meaning top-tier personal income tax rate will rise to 39.6% from 35%. Lower-income families will revert back to 28% from 25%. The 28% bracket will increase to 31% and the 33% bracket will increase to 36% while the special 10% bracket is eliminated.

 Since President Obama and Nancy Pelosi have teamed up, government spending will increase by a trillion dollars over the next decade while they plan to raise taxes on the American people by 1.4 trillion. They will also add 1.6 trillion to the national debt just in 2010 and on February 4, 2010, congress approved %1.9 trillion of an additional debt ceiling to $14.3 trillion. This large expansion of governmental waste has become Democrats spending on steroids.  According to the Heritage Foundation, President Obama’s budget would run $7.6 trillion in deficits and more debt than all other Presidents in American history--from George Washington through George W. Bush - combined. As a result of these deficits, net interest spending would reach $840 billion in 2020

America needs to audit itself and the wasteful spending it does. We cannot spend our way out of recession or borrow our way out of debt and no country has ever taxed its way into prosperity.  We need to cut spending, stop all pork attachments to bills, adopt a Balanced Budget Amendment and approve the line item veto to hold every president accountable to those items approved in the budget or bill.
 Frank Aquila
President of the South San
Joaquin Republicans