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Toomey, Rothfus show courage

| Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

I thank U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and Rep. Keith Rothfus for making the difficult vote against the recent government funding bill. The easy vote was to continue spending money without any long-term solution. They did not want to vote for a pork-laden bill. These two men had the courage to do what is right.

In 2006, then-Sen. Obama told us raising the debt ceiling was kicking the can down the road. Sen. Obama was right.

But President Obama wants to spend like a drunken sailor. It is time for him to walk the talk.

We must stop raising the debt ceiling and cut spending. Toomey and Rothfus want to do that.

In my lifetime, I have seen numerous budget deals promising to curtail spending — eliminate the deficit and pay down the debt. Congress has never kept such an agreement.

Congress is the recidivist drug addict of spending. The sequester is the first cut and its effects were greatly exaggerated by the media.

There is a simple solution to our budget problems: Stop the annual increase in spending for the next five years, then limit growth to 50 percent of any increase in the gross domestic product. If the GDP declines, cut spending.

This will never happen because there are not enough men and women of courage like Toomey and Rothfus.

Gentlemen, thank you for your courage.

Paul Olijar


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