Addressed to me…

Form letters are both general and impersonal.  If my Congressmen think a form letter does the response trick, then that tells me something about their concern.  It is accepted “form” (pun intended) but doesn’t make a form letter a proper response.  Hence this letter to my Senator Gardner regarding the federal budget.


Senator Gardner:

Thank you for your undated reply to my inquiry regarding the 2020 Budget.  The form letter your staff sent to me on May 1st at least let me know that someone actually looked at my earlier letter to you.  That in itself is somewhat reassuring.

I completely understand the Congressional Budget process.  I also realize that as a Senator you have limited ability to provide direct input into the Budget structure process – that responsibility lies with the House more so than the Senate.  But as a member of our Congress you have a responsibility to insure the Budget process is implemented and completed in the manner and timeline directed by The Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974. That is the law!

It is obvious that many of our seemingly annual difficulties within the Federal Government can be prevented by Congress doing their appointed job. Congresses’ job includes passing and implementing a COMPLETE Federal Budget prior to the beginning of the Budgeted fiscal year.

Case in point.  It will be difficult for either Congress or the President to shut down the government due to lack of funding if the funding (via the completed Budget) is in place – as the law requires.  Yes, I know the law provides for “Continuing Resolutions.”  A continuing resolution is not a solution.  A continuing resolution is a Congressional admission of incompetence and failure.

My primary concern is that Congress use the Budgeting process to run the nation’s business rather than ignoring the process and then using delayed funding as a political weapon – year after year after year.

Your reply implies that I may be worried about Colorado not getting enough from the federal trough, “…putting Colorado’s interests first.”  My concern is that Colorado and all other states are already getting too much from the federal trough – our nation is $22 Trillion in debt.  What possible justification is there for that fiscal irresponsibility?  Had the Congress followed the law and put a budget in place every year since 2008, my guess is that the national debt would be a fraction of the current level.

But if there is no budget, Colorado’s Senator Bennett, our newest Presidential Candidate, wouldn’t be able to use those resultant government shutdown threats as a campaign plank.  Does that mean he wants a realistic budget completed on time like I do?  As an elected member of Congress, what else could he possibly want?

We’re watching.

Tom Howe – Flying W Ranch – Hotchkiss, Colorado


    • Tom on May 5, 2019 at 3:31 PM
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    Once again, you’re out in front of the issues. I frequently have the same conclusions.

    The only reason our government “representatives” get away with this deficit spending crap is that those that served before our more recent Congresses were good enough, cared enough, and patriotic enough to establish our nation’s currency as the most stable and reliable means of wealth transfer on the planet. That reputation began to slide when our “leaders”(?) effectively abandoned the gold standard in 1933 (and completely severed the link between the dollar and gold in 1971.) After that, the only international foundation for the US Dollar to be the accepted international standard was our international reputation of being honest, reliable, and trustworthy. Both the Euro and the Yuan have and are making runs at the “Dollar” with some recent success in some markets.

    There are reasons nations trade oil, diamonds, wheat, etc. using Dollars rather than Pesos or bitcoins or Yuans or Dinars.

    Our government is undermining itself by accumulating such massive debt – a debt no other nation on the planet could ever accumulate. The US can issue its own currency – the US Dollar – the same currency every nation on the planet uses as the international trade standard. For all practical purposes, we control the currency food bank – no other nation can put food on the shelf. Yeah, I know, North Korea and other nations do not play fair and counterfeit our currency – why counterfeit anything else?

    We’re close, very close to losing the trust necessary within the international trade community to retain the currency leadership (our current every increasing debt being partially responsible.) When we lose it, we’ll never be able to regain that unique trading posture. Then we’ll have to pay off our debt using just another currency. It’s easy to borrow your own money. It becomes a bookkeeping Ponzi scheme.

    Stand by – coming soon to your bank account – the “NEW DOLLAR” – each one worth 10 or 20 old Dollars and worth less and less each day. It will fit right in with our coming “socialist” state.

    Which past or present socialist state should we emulate???

    T. Howe

    • Bill Marvel on May 5, 2019 at 8:35 AM
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    I wonder if it is even possible to balance the budget in this country. All of us have grown so used to the short term benefits of excessive spending of borrowed money that almost no one has wondered about the long term impact. Kicking the can down the road delays the inevitability of this endless increase in debt and puts the burdens of the eventual outcome on those too young to have any say about it. What happens when (not if) the amount of interest paid for annual debt service consumes 100% of taxes collected? Do we then borrow more money to just pay interest on what we have borrowed previously? And what effect does that have on the value or stability of our currency? Does no one in Congress think if this?

    Balancing the budget would require huge tax increases on those who actually pay taxes and huge benefit cuts to those who don’t pay taxes but receive value from those who do. The former would stop producing and the latter would start rioting. This is the reality of the over indulged and the overweight nation that we have become. To today’s “leaders,” it is simply much easier to keep kicking the can and blaming everyone else while awaiting the eventual day when the money game clock finally times out and we pay the piper for decades of incompetence.

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