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Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013

Dear Editor,

It’s probably safe to say, that on New Year’s Day, while every detail of the political games concerning the “fiscal cliff” were being played and replayed, not many citizens were watching CSPAN to see what was going on on the floor of the U. S. House of Representatives.

That’s regrettable because three Texas Representatives took the opportunity January 1st, 2013 to give one minute speeches.

One, by Texas Representative Ted Poe, is the following 12 step plan for the United States Congress, which he called “Spenders Anonymous”.

  1 - Admit it has an addiction to spending someone else’s money.

  2 - Make a list of all wasteful spending.

  3 - Pass a yearly budget and a constitutional, Balanced Budget

     Amendment.

  4 - Stop giving money to countries that hate us.

  5 - Resolve not to spend money we don’t have.

  6 - Don’t contribute to the addiction by taking more money

          away from Americans.

  7 - Don’t borrow anymore money from China.

  8 - Don’t make excuses for our addiction.

  9 - Don’t blame others for the addiction.

10 - Run congress like most people run their family budgets.

11 - Remember they are to do the will of the people.

12 - Set up a support group and meet regularly.

Sounds like a plan to me.

 Jolene Hawkins

Kingsland, Texas

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