- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 5, 2009

First, with regard to the so-called “stimulus” bill, I’m reminded of what President Reagan said in his first inaugural address, that “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” On behalf of senior citizens aligned under the 60 Plus Association banner, let me say more government spending is not the way to improve our sluggish economy.

Second, seniors tell me they are afraid of what Mr. Pruden described as “Nancy Pelosi and her San Francisco Democrats, with an assist from her sidekick Harry Reid, [using] the bailout to remake America into the liberal utopia they’ve been dreaming of.”

My sincere concern over a 1-plus trillion dollar “make work” leviathan slammed down upon the backs of American taxpayers - especially seniors - is that the government is creating a staggering generational burden upon our children and grandchildren. Spending at such profligate numbers does not mean more jobs; it just means more deficits. As Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, has stated so eloquently, “It strikes me we’re spending for things with money we don’t have for stuff we don’t need.”

Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, on behalf of senior citizens, let’s gut this pork-barrel “stimulus” bill, cleaning it up for only job creation. That’s done best by reliance upon the private sector, “stimulated” via across-the-board tax cuts for individuals and businesses.

JAMES L. MARTIN



President

60 Plus Association

Arlington

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