Updating infrastructure important as cutting taxes [UPDATED]Published 9:33am Wednesday, July 10, 2013 Updated 11:39am Wednesday, July 10, 2013
On reading his comment in the Sunday, July 7, Daily Journal, page 4, I conclude State Senator Torrey Westrom is a little confused. I hate taxes like most people but they are essential if government, federal, state or local, is to function and government cannot perform its essential functions unless it is adequately financed.
I am also opposed to all unnecessary government spending like everyone else but I am concerned because I see too many politicians striving to underfund government in critical areas. Take our national infrastructure, for example, our roads, bridges, canals, dams, airports, seaports, public schools.
There is a general consensus that some sections of our infrastructure is in a dismal state of disrepair because of maintenance neglect.
On July 5, the Daily Journal editorialized “Street work long overdue.” I suspect this could be said in a majority of the towns in our U. S.A.Updating our infrastructure would put countless numbers of the unemployed to working.
I fully support our Governor’s desire for the state to pay its bills and get on with keeping our bridges safe and roads safe amd drivable.
Then, there is national defense. We dare not allow ourselves to be out-gunned by any of our potential enemies.
I spent 22 years of my life on active duty in the U. S. Army beginning in 1942 so I think I know a little about defense. We not only need to provide the weapons necessary and the training necessary but we must stand foremost in our research regarding new weapons. Research to develop new weapons demands large funding so we hesitate.
But think of what our world would be like if Hitler had been first with the atomic bomb. We are also underfunding higher education making it harder for our youth to get fully educated.
No society has ever attained anything near total literacy without universal public education. We do reasonably well through high school even though too many drop out, but more education is needed in our modern world.
Tuition at many public colleges is rising beyond the grasp of untold numbers of our youth that we should be educating.
Our federal government is way over it head in debt which goes back to the heavy borrowing we did to win World War II.
It is time to get serious about reducing our debt but we must not do it by putting our country in peril.
For example, we need good intelligence to protect ourselves from terrorists. This will cost money and cause us some loss of privacy. But think of how we would have suffered if those terrorists the flew their airplane into the tower had placed an atomic bomb in one of the planes. I am sure there are terrorists working hard to get their hands on an atomic bomb so they can smuggle it into one of our cities to wreck havoc.
This explains why we worry about Iran gaining the ability to manufacture an atomic weapon. The clerics who run that country might well supply terrorists with such a weapon.thinking they are serving the cause of God.
I agree we must get our fiscal house in order at every level of government, but we must not do this at the expense of exposing ourselves to destruction.
We should, of course, cut out spending that is truly unnecessary, but making cuts like those that force government workers to go unpaid for one day a week will not do the job. We must not hesitate to call for tax increases when necessary and we must not hesitate to demand the wealthy and super-wealthy carry their fair share of the burden.; I have visited many areas in the world. We Americans have something worth preserving at all costs. That is why so many people have been sneaking across our borders hoping to join us.
As unpleasant as taxes can be, we must pay what is necessary for our survival in a very hostile and increasingly overpopulated world.
— Arthur J. L. Meether, The Mill Street Residence