Doc Hastings' Words from Washington in the Daily Sun News (3-21-08)) left a few questions in my mind that need to be answered.
So, for Doc, I ask you:
1) How does your continued support of the war in Iraq square with "my commitment to shrink the government, reduce spending" that you spoke of in your article?
2) When you talk of "balance the budget by funding the government's most essential responsibilities while eliminating frivolous federal programs;" could you list what you feel are the essential programs and which you feel are frivolous? Is the Hanford clean-up essential or frivolous?
3) Could you be more specific how you would reduce the entitlement programs that "grow automatically each year without congressional action?" Historically, politicians who have voiced opinions of how to cut Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, ECT, don't return for another term.
This may be a good thing, since without President Bush and the supporters of his war in Iraq around, that would free up $100 billion+ annually to help balance the budget.
I had a wise partner who once told me that the difference between Democrats and Republicans is that Democrats will tax you to over-spend and Republicans will borrow to over-spend. Smart guy, don't you think?
/s/ Bill Smith, Prosser