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Dear Congressman

Posted: July 3, 2010 9:21 p.m.
Updated: July 4, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

An open letter to Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita:

I just received your e-mail regarding balancing the federal budget. I find your concern curious, since to my knowledge you voted for every Bush budget bill, every war-funding measure — every budget-busting bill of the George W. Bush administration. Only now do the pangs of responsibility stir in you. Why is that? The wars alone have cost more than $1 trillion dollars so far.

You claim to be for a balanced budget, but you have yet to vote for one. Never once during the tenure of President Bush did you raise this issue.

You complain that the president’s deficits will total that in the next 10 years, yet you contributed to that debt in the last 10 years. Republican spending has driven this country to the brink of disaster, and now you want to blame the person elected to clean it up.

Only now do you seem concerned that the federal government is spending too much, even voting against extending unemployment benefits for people currently suffering from the effects of the Bush recession.

You know, for a person whose business failed in bankruptcy, you have a very short memory for what it’s like to struggle financially.

It’s time to get with the program and give President Barack Obama the same chance that you gave Bush.

Here’s a bill you could introduce — cut the pay of every member of Congress by the same percentage of citizens who are out of work, by the same percentage of citizens that the national debt is of GDP, or by an amount adequate to pay for foreign wars. Then I will know that you are serious.

Until then, you are just a politician interested in keeping his own job.

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