- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 22, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I get tired of all of the budget discussions each year between Democrats and Republicans over earmarks and entitlements. The bottom line is that earmarks are normally fluff and bluster with nothing of importance gained save for a local politician’s name plastered on a building back home. Entitlements are nothing more than payoffs to special-interest groups to keep their members voting for one party or the other.

The Republicans want to cut $61 billion from spending immediately. The Democrats decry this as an attack on education and other entitlements for their constituencies. Isn’t it odd that the politicians are upset over cuts to education while they spend billions to educate the illegal alien population to the detriment of the American taxpayer? In 2008 alone, more than $39 billion was spent to educate illegals - who could not speak a word of English - and anchor babies of illegal aliens. Who knows how much will be spent on this same group in 2011?

WILSON FARIS

Gaithersburg, Md.


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