Legislators, spend our money carefully

Published 11:05 pm Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Where is it all going, the billions in bailouts, stimulus, insurance and brokerage giants’ bonuses and earmark handouts?

We have heard about Sens. Thad Cochran, David Vitter and Mary Landrieu and Rep. Rodney Alexander and their largess plans.

But, what about the rest? It only takes a third grader to figure it out. Some media articles say “around $8,000,” we have also read of $9,000 in earmarks. Now that is an average of 170 per state!

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Can you imagine little old Rhode Island with only, say 150 earmarks? Do they even have that many towns?

Use that total average again and now divide by the total national legislators (435 + 100). Now, we have an average of 16 (rounding up), per legislator.

Mississippi has six legislators and Louisiana has eight. You can bet that there will be some heavy politicking to come up to the national calculated average. Anyone for an earmark?

Ther will be one heck of a cleanup when they are done with their partying. Guess where that cleanup begins? Yep, you guessed it, our wallets.

Now is the time to put all our legislators on notice. Y’all had better be very, very careful and think long term when using our money.

First, after all, there is an election next year.

Second, is it time for term limits? Is five years long enough for a congressman? Can three terms satisfy our needs for a senator?

Fortunately our congressmen are not usually news copy, though our senators’ actions have gained some notoriety lately.

Anyone for a tea party?

Donald Davey

Vidalia resident