News From Terre Haute, Indiana


August 9, 2012

READERS' FORUM: Aug. 9, 2012


Unspent funding should be returned

I just received news that the U.S. is not quite as financially strapped as we all believed. The big-wigs in Washington are sitting on $70 billion of our hard-earned tax money that was assigned to various projects, but never started.

All these agencies, projects and so forth should be forced to return all funds to the U.S. Treasury as soon as possible. Don’t even start to think it’s a drop in the bucket. This is a big deal.

For example, it would pay for three new highways from coast to coast, fund cancer research for 14 years, or pay for a 2012 Ford Fiesta for every family in 14 states. I am and have always been cost conscious, as I was a blue-collar worker for over 60 years.

Please write to your senators and representatives in Congress to pass a bill to get all this money back. It has not been used for intended projects and needs a bill to say it must be paid as interest (taxes). I cannot begin to understand our elected Congress. To me, it’s as simple as 1-2-3. Both House and Senate must write a bill, straight forward, no crooked alley ways, sign it by a large majority and infuse it with big penalties.

If these arrogant folks get away with this it is a shame on each of us for not reminding them — they are there as our voice and vote. And this may only be the tip of the iceberg.

— Mary Stansberry

Terre Haute


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