This is in response to the Jan. 7 editorial about how lucky Portage County is to have three congressmen in Washington on the House appropriations and budget committees. You commended them for getting $20 million for Portage County for such projects as KSU, PARTA, etc. Hurray for us and the heck with the rest of the country.
There are 435 members of the House of Representatives and 100 members of the Senate. If each one of these 535 got $20 million for pet projects, that equals billions of dollars that equals the trillion dollars of debt the United States has. All this special interest or pork barrel politics has got to stop if the U.S. budget is to become sound again.
Do you think that Joe the Plumber in Kansas or Mike the Mechanic in Wisconsin cares that Portage County got a new PARTA building or KSU got a new entrance? No! They care about their taxes going up, being laid off, or high food and gas costs. They also care about Social Security for themselves and their parents and other federal programs they may need in the future.
To balance the budget Congress needs to cut expenditures that include any special interest or pork barrel projects for each member of the Congress. Congress should not make the middle-class taxpayers pay for these unnecessary expenditures that each member of Congress is demanding.
It is time for Congress to stop representing their districts and start looking out for the entire country.
Mary Nitzsche, Kent