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Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Our Congress has given Afghanistan's government $96 billion in taxpayer money to rebuild the country and did the same in Iraq. How can Congress justify doing this when we have so many problems with our own country and economy? Why does Congress give so much foreign aid, but cut programs at home and overtax the middle class?

This Congress definitely is the worst I can remember. All it's done for 10 years is fight and oppose each other on everything. Then the tea party came along and now nothing gets done.

Why do we go into these countries, blow them to kingdom come, then pay to fix them up? We need to take care at home.

What's really alarming is how much of that $96 billion ends up in Afghan politicians' pockets and the hands of the rebels.

Congress acts like some kind of big charitable organization. It's sickening the taxpayers have to foot the bill for all of this mismanagement.

The father of our Constitution, James Madison, said in 1794, “Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.” Do you hear that Congress?

The only recourse is to vote them out of office, but then the next group does the same thing.

Congress needs to start earning those huge salaries. Talk about inept job performance.

God help us — he's the only one we can trust.

John Tierney

Allegheny Township

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