Letter to the Editor

Wasting our money

NipomoAugust 4, 2013 

Stanley Schaffer noted a number of incongruities in his July 31 letter. I’d like to add another.

When President Lyndon B. Johnson started a “War on Poverty” in the mid-’60s, close to 1 in 5 Americans was in poverty. Today, after the government has “invested” hundreds of billions of dollars in this “war,” 1 in 6 Americans are still in poverty! Not a lot to show for the “investment.”

When will we learn that the government is not competent to do anything except take our money? And too often, when they take it, they waste it!

The government has no money. It must first take it from us — you and me. Then, much too often, the government spends it for the benefit of other countries, such as the recent $5 billion investment to develop Brazil’s oil industry. Couldn’t that money have been better “invested” here, or simply left in the hands of the American consumer?

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