Legislators: Just say no to spending bills
April 6, 2012 · 2:33 PM
In the 23rd Legislative District and 1st Congressional District, we are represented by a delegation that has never seen a tax or spending bill they didn’t like.
It’s been a number of legislative sessions that the Legislature hasn’t been able to get out a balanced budget, regardless that it’s their job. Only in the latest session did some guys get brave to break from tradition, finding some agreement between the two parties and getting a budget rolling in the Senate. It happened only two days from the session’s end, meaning there would be yet another special session — read “spend more money unnecessarily” — down there in Special Session City (that’s “Olympia” on the maps). Our legislators keep saying it’s not easy to balance the budget. That complaint is tiresome; it was very easy to spend and tax back when the economy was rolling; none of the delegation has resigned because life is so hard in office.
On the congressional level, we’re now unrepresented by a man who needs to quit so he can run for another office, plus the taxpayers must pay for a special election for his replacement. Maybe he ought to pay for the special election out of his own pocket.
This delegation has helped administrations of both parties spend us into oblivion, with unmanageable deficits and astronomical debt. Deficit spending is about buying votes to keep in office. The national debt will bring us disaster that won’t be accounted for by those responsible.
This fall, there are five positions awaiting our votes for the state Legislature and the U.S. House and Senate. We need people in Special Session City and Washington, D.C., who will vote “no” on some spending bills.