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Penalizing ResponsibilityPosted Monday, August 1, 2011, at 7:30 PM
How do you react when our disfunctional Congress talks about cutting entitlements?
Whose entitlements? Everyone who has ever worked for a living, lived a responsible life and forked over their fair share of tax dollars.
Have you heard them mention cutting the size of their retirement benefits, slicing the size of their respective staffs or hefty expense accounts?
Do you think they are more concerned about the debt crisis or 2012 being an election year and looking out for themselves?
They are talking of cutting our hard-earned Social Security benefits and Medicare benefits.
In other words, Congress is, as usual, bent on penalizing responsbility.
Have you heard any mention of chopping off the cost of doing everything but breathing for the shiftless and lazy who have never worked and have no intention of working because they can come out better by being totally irresponsible.
One of the biggest disappointmetns of my life came several years ago when a girl who was a senior in high school and working 20 hours a week at a local supermarket responded as I was telling her how proud I was of her with "As soon as I graduate I'm going to have me a baby so I can get all that money."
Or the older woman in Wal-Mart who advised me as I was purchasing a cheap cell phone for my own use by commenting, "Why don't you get one like I have and let the government pay for it?" I should have told her because I had to help pay for her phone but I just bit my lip and walked away.
Are these major dents in America treated more fairly than those who have lost their jobs and are desperately seeking jobs to take of themselves and their families?
Does President Obama ever think of cutting his extensive travel...even when big problems are taking place right here at home? Was his well-publicized trip to Puerto Rico necessary or an ill-disguised venture to garner more Hispanic votes in 2012?
Personally I'm tired of the Boehners, Pelosis, Reids and such spouting off. I'd like to see 25 Jim Coopers in congress.
Would our nation be better off if all members of Congress were limited to two consecutive terms and no more than four terms in their lifetime?
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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette.