- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 29, 2012

As I understand it, Sen. Tom Coburn’s amendment to cut government waste received 64 votes in 2011, but got only 52 votes this year (“Senate backs Obama in pipeline rejection,” Web, March 8). Last year, the bill did not get out of committee, and this year, 12 Democrats who last year voted yes switched to no. If that amendment had passed last year, the combined savings for 2011 and 2012 would have been an estimated $300 billion.

Furthermore, those savings would continue to accrue in future years. President Obama refuses to recognize that the government is receiving considerably more than its “fair share.” Government expenditures should be pushed back down to 18 percent of gross domestic product. Only after that happens can we consider addressing the need for additional revenue to pay down the debt, which should never have been incurred in the first place.

DENIS ABLES

Vienna, Va.