America’s demise

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The president visited West Mifflin recently. Air Force One costs about $180,000 per hour, and Ospreys cost about $11,000 per hour and there were three of them. For the president to travel from Washington to Pittsburgh, the American people were saddled with nearly a half-million dollars in travel expense alone, so he could sign his name. This doesn’t factor in the time and money for bodyguards, escorts, our police service or costs of the media feeding frenzy.

Republicans recently shut down the government for 16 days, which may have cost nearly $24 billion. The investigation of Barry Bonds cost up to $50 million. Investigating Bill Clinton’s indiscretions, nearly $50 million. And how much might Pennsylvania flush down the toilet appealing voter registration photo IDs?

These are not the ways I want to see my tax dollars allocated! How about student aid and general infrastructure? Burdening new college graduates with a mid-sized mortgage payment for 20 years or more hardly seems like an adequate way of investing in our future.

Ninety percent of American people want term limits but there are none. The majority of people we elect put their interests in front of ours, and many laws have been created to enable them and the big businesses that line their pockets to legally become criminal. Public servants should serve the public as their first priority.

My stepson is a history buff and recently learned that no democracy has ever lasted more than 250 years. Well, I guess we only have up to 12 more years of revulsion before an inevitable revolution.

John Adams, a Founding Father, said “Democracy … while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.” We are knocking on the door of our once-great country’s demise.

JAY BROADBENT
Ross


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