The Woodward News

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September 28, 2007

Strange spending decisions

Recently there was talk in Washington about raising the national debt limit once again.

The current limit is just below $9 trillion. And no that is not a typing error, it is in the trillions.

That is a number that most people cannot even comprehend, but it just doesn’t seem to be enough for the federal government.

This frustrates me for several reasons.

First of all, it’s frustrating because the average citizen cannot just go to the bank or their credit card company and say, “I’m about to reach my $2,000 limit. So, I’ve decided to raise it another $1,000. Just thought I’d tell you.”

But what really frustrates me is not that politicians want to raise the limit so they can spend more money, but it is what they want to spend that money on.

Even more than that, it is the knowledge that the extra money the government is spending will not go to those who need it most.

For example, we spend billions to fund the war in Iraq, and not enough money makes its way to the soldiers who are actually risking their lives and fighting that war.

And it is not just federal spending that is troublesome, it often happens on the state and local levels as well.

An example that hits a little closer to home revolves around the town hall meeting held by the Oklahoma 911 Advisory Board in Woodward Tuesday. The purpose of the meeting was to get input from local officials about 911 service issues which will be incorporated into a report to be given to legislators, who will then hopefully use the report to develop a plan to improve 911 throughout Oklahoma.

For a large part of that meeting, the officials, who came from several area counties, said the main issue is funding. They just don’t have enough money. When the consultants leading the meeting tried to address these concerns, all they could say was that funding would come later on in the process.

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