One issue I think people on both sides of the political spectrum can agree on is the fact that there is wasteful spending in government. Our federal government is currently over 15 trillion dollars in debt. Can you even fathom what that amount of money even looks like? The sad thing is that it is on the backs of my generation (I am 20 years old) and my children to dig us out of this mess. Our generation had no say in the problem but we will be the ones struggling with it. But there is one thing our generation can do about the problem, we can speak up about it, we can show we do have a voice and care what politicians are spending money on.
One of Congress’s main functions as a governing body is to keep our tax money in check, and they are the primary body that oversees how much money is being spent on certain projects and programs. American families need to balance their budgets and make sure they spend money responsibly, why can’t the same apply for Congress. Families budget their money so that essentials come first and then any extra money they spend on a vacation, a new T.V, etc.. Congress should budget our taxpayer money to pay for the essentials first, and then spend what money they have left on programs that have good results and effect a majority of the American people.
There needs to be consequences when the Congress runs up a deficit, just like when families over spend there are consequences. In our present Congress there are no “real” consequences to overspending and no one is ever held responsible. I bet if we had some sort of punishment or consequence for irresponsible spending and running up a deficit, Congress would get their act in shape and balance our budgets to the best of their ability every year. One last thing to think about, do you want your children and grandchildren to live in a country that is bankrupt? Do you want your children to live in a country that is less off than the one you grew up in? I believe we can get debt and budgets back in shape if we have the right policies and politicians in place that care more about these issues rather than winning reelection.
Here is a supplemental video that goes into more specifics about some of the ridiculous things our government spends millions of dollars on.
By: Kenny Liszewski Creator of DormRoomPolitics