To the editor:
In 2011, 36 cents of every federal dollar spent was borrowed. Can you imagine borrowing 36 cents of every dollar you spend in your personal life with no plan to pay it back? It should be worrisome to anyone concerned about the economy that federal politicians simply don't seem to care what they are doing to us or our finances.
The possibility that we might improve our lives or someday make more money than we do now is hard to imagine when the federal government is so burdened by debt that it needs to keep taking our money just to continue narrowly avoiding bankruptcy.
Rep. Walz doesn't have a plan to do anything different from what has been done up until now. I see no indication that he would deviate from the tax, spend, and borrow policies that got us into this mess in the first place.
Allen Quist, running to replace Walz, has said a lot about making the country more financially stable. For example, he has suggested splitting bills up so that Congress can vote on spending proposals separately. Did you know that 80 percent of the federal government's so-called "farm bill" went to food stamps rather than to actual farms? That doesn't make any sense. This is just one example of two different spending proposals that should not be in the same bill.
Quist would work to improve the federal government's finances. I would encourage his opponent to commit to doing the same.