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October 11, 2013

FREY: Taxpayers left in the rubble of failure

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The government accountability office?

Are you kidding me?

After the recent government shutdown shenanigans via members of Congress and the Senate, I am wondering if it would be prudent for the folks working in the government accountability office to intercede and remedy the reprehensible situation in which we find ourselves.

When pondering the fate of my tax dollars, I often think about Abraham Lincoln: “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.”

Where is Abraham Lincoln when you need him?

Soon, it really will not matter, though, will it?

Soon it will not matter if loopholes are eliminated, because the fiscally responsible path will have been covered with the debris of combative voices, arrogance, and hardened hearts.

Soon it will not matter if this Congress is the least productive Congress in the history of this country, because the country will have become a mere shadow of its former self.

The United States of America, sadly enough, is the laughingstock of the world. While members of Congress and the Senate act like spoiled children pushing one another off the monkey bars on the playground, our taxpayer dollars are being frittered away on every level and with great rapidity.

Meanwhile, the president, the man in charge of what once was the greatest nation in the world, refuses to “negotiate.”

God help us.

Alvia Lewis Frey is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at alewisfrey@aol.com.

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