, Corbin, KY

March 18, 2014

Congress is responsible for federal spending

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — On Feb. 24, my friend, Mr. Bob Terrell, wrote an editorial to the Times-Tribune titled “History Lesson for McConnell.”

His point was that under the brilliant leadership of Democratic presidents, the nation has prospered and that Republican presidents are responsible for more federal deficits than Democrats.

The problem with his letter is that Congress, not the president, is responsible for federal spending. In Article I section 9, the U.S. Constitution states, “No money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law;” so we can blame the Congress, not the president, for deficits and the huge national debt of $17 trillion, equal to the value of all the goods and services produced in the nation in a year. Wow!

From 1933 to 2013, the Democrats controlled the Senate for 60 years, the House of Representatives for 62 years and both houses at the same time for 56 years. Congress is the entity that spends the money — too much money — and for the past 80 years that group is the Democrats.

Rep. Rogers and Sen. McConnell are big men on campus in D.C. Why on earth would we send a bright but inexperienced young person to D.C. to replace the powerful position of McConnell? There is only one reason I can think of, so she can be molded into whatever Harry, Barry and Nancy want. We don’t need more Harry, Barry and Nancy.

Mr. Terrell alluded to the good times the nation had under Mr. Clinton. There were good times, financially for the nation and otherwise for him! Let’s not forget the role Mr. Newt Gingrich played in leading the Congress during that period. My Democrat friends were whining about program cuts back then. A better phrase for program cuts is saving the taxpayers’ money.

Elmer Parlier,