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3/13/2014 1:41:00 PM
Letter: The problem is too much government


How much more government can we take? How many more times can abortions and guns be new "business?" How much longer can health insurance be hashed over just to hash it over again?

How can we continue to find new ways to squeeze out more money to feed our government? How many more times can we send our future leaders, mothers, fathers, and brothers and sisters into battle around the world promoting peace and a better future when all the government really wants is monetary help?

While here at home our government continues to beat up the very backbone of this once great country of ours.

Let's run the career politician out and bring in term limits of 4 to 6 years each so they can work with a purpose, not for re-election as that is their only worry today.

Let's look at a health plan where they will contribute in it, and let's hope it's like your plan, too. This might have them looking at it a bit different, as to what is needed and fair for coverage.

The pension needs a very good look at too! Since when do you start work making $174,000 per year and retire after one term to draw your retirement for life with no date and time in or minimum in to qualify for it along with health insurance, travel plus perks. Let's not forget that the longer they're in office the more they will make. We must put term limits on the government, politicians, as this job needs new fresh thinkers, people of action and a government by the people so let's start moving forward to a better tomorrow.

We as a nation have forgotten how America was founded and what it stood for. So the first thing we must do is: What can I do for my family, what can I do for my community, what can I do for my state, and finally what can I do for my country? With this mind then we can begin to promote a better way of life a stronger America so we will all succeed at whatever our endeavors might be.

Roger Daignault


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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Article comment by: It seems to me:

We should have fewer federal employees now after two minor and one major recession, the post-détente military draw-down and base closures, and the most recent sequester.

But the question is: Do we have fewer laws and less micromanagement of citizens' everyday affairs?

Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014
Article comment by: Just Facts or Just Selected Facts ....

Just Facts you bring a few interesting numbers
to the discourse.

Now what is/was the total gov (fed, state,
county, local) employments in 1966 and today?

This fact will add more insight to the discourse.

Another important "Just Facts" we can research
is: What were your number of rights (of "Full
Voting Rights") honored in 1966 v/s today?

The answer may be you have less rights today!

Do your research...the answers will shed light
on the discourse.

Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014
Article comment by: Roger That

Most federal employees are working for the military, Medicare and Social Security.

We gave up our "freedom" to defend our country and attack other countries when we hired the federal government to do the job for us.

We gave up our "freedom" to let seniors find their own heath care when we hired the federal government to do the job for us.

The same is true for Social Security.

Sometimes the federal government is better than the alternative...don't you agree?

Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014
Article comment by: Frank Lee Confused

I agree! The stupidity of the Arizona legislature is a clear example of wasteful government. Even the governor can't abide their silliness.

Throw them out and start with a new legislature.

Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014
Article comment by: Just Facts

As of September, and before the government shutdown, federal offices employed 2,723,000 individuals—the lowest figure on record since 1966, when there were 2,721,000 employees.

Now, critics might try to pooh-pooh this fact by pointing out the total does not include the number of military personnel in the armed forces.

But if those figures were factored in too, the current size of the federal workforce would still be the lowest in 47 years, because back in 1966, the Vietnam War was going strong. The country then had 2.6 million people in uniform, compared to 1.4 million now.

Another way to view the current numbers is this: federal employment constitutes 2% of the nation’s labor force. Back in 1966, Washington employed 4.3% of all working Americans.

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