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Saturday, January 8, 2011

To the President and Members of Congress

Dear Mr. President, Members of the United States Senate and Members of the United States House of Representatives,

We the people are weary. Urgent issues in our country demand your serious attention and practical resolution, and what do we get? Finger-pointing, name calling, stealing from Peter to pay Paul temporarily, and an occasional proposal or bill shifting the burden from one segment of American society to another. You are not doing your job well enough. It’s time to try something different.

For the sake of clarity and to get the ball rolling, let’s focus on one issue only, just for a moment: the national deficit. Against the advice of those who tell us that a recession is a bad time to try to cut a deficit, most of you seem to want to make deficit reduction a priority. So here is our question to you:

What is each of you, individually and personally, prepared to sacrifice in order to cut government costs and trim fat from the national budget?

How you answer this question will depend on your priorities, naturally. Would you choose to take a reduction in salary? Give up benefits? Reduce the air travel you enjoy at government expense? Perhaps you have other ideas for how you—for the moment, this is all about you—can come to the aid of your country. We are ready to hear from you. This is not about your party affiliation or your constituency. This is about you.

Please step up to the microphone one at a time to answer the question. Remember, the question is not what new sweeping measures you propose—it’s what you, as one individual, as a government employee working for the people of this country, are willing to sacrifice to reduce government spending.

The time has come for serious conversation in the United States of America. Let it begin with you.

Speak clearly, one at a time, please. We the people are ready to listen.

6 comments:

Dawn said...

No kidding. We could all make a list of things we've given up in order to meet our own shrinking budgets. People working in government need to seriously think about what they can give up, most of which is paid for by us. Maybe we should all take your blog (with permission from you) and send it to our own representatives. What do you think?

Gerry said...

Small Business Owner Calls for Sacrifice - Says Congress and Prez Should Step Up First

Yeah, I like it. Hope it goes viral, as they say. Will settle for them quitting the posturing. As if.

P. J. Grath said...

Use it any way you think might be useful, Dawn--and Gerry, thanks for your zippy headline--but I'm saving my juices to write to people in government about hydraulic fracture drilling for natural gas. A VERY BAD THING! Will blog about that soon.

Viral would be fine with me on either issue or both.

dmarks said...

I think we should start at medicare and social security. Any idea how much savings there would be if we stopped giving both to rich people?

dmarks said...

And as for salary reduction, there are some government employees in Michigan who pull in most of a million a year.

Not to mention at the federal level, the top people in the government agencies Fannie-Mae and Freddie Mac were paid tens of millions of dollars a year to do a job that ended up triggering the recession. I doubt anything has changed there.

P. J. Grath said...

I'm sure we can all come up with ways to cut government spending, but I'm not so sure we would all agree on the ways. And wouldn't you just love to hear from the decision-makers themselves on what they're willing to give up rather than what they want other Americans to do without?