- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 22, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

@-Text.noindent:In order to address our nation’s mounting debt and hold our lawmakers accountable, we should reduce the number of politicians in this country by half.

@-Text.normal:That means cutting in half executive staffs, the number of members of both the House and Senate, state legislatures, county boards of supervisors and city and town councils. The remaining politicians should then take an immediate 50 percent pay cut. We can reduce the number of our politicians by passing state referendums and forcing Congress to pass an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Why is it that politicians always say government must be reduced in size when it is actually the number of politicians that must be reduced? We can get by just fine with half the number of lawmakers currently leeching off our prosperity while producing nothing.

With the huge amount of money we save, we can begin to rebuild vital infrastructure while expanding our alternative energy sources. We can also begin to rehire the productive part of our government work force that has been laid off: teachers, firefighters, police officers and prison guards. We might also be able to retool our industries and begin making top-quality cars and electronics again. Let’s hold our politicians accountable while reducing costs and bringing jobs and wealth back to America.

@-Text.noindent:MARK OCHS

Carolina, Puerto Rico

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