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Letter: How to fix government

Consider me to be an angry old (very old) man who is disgusted by the state of politics in our nation. Members of both major parties are equally to blame. Politicians expend more effort getting re-elected than they do considering legislation that would benefit our country. We, as a country, owe more money than our kids, grandkids and great-grandkids can ever repay. Most of our elected officials ignore this serious problem.

We, somehow, elected a president who lies or hides the truth. Mrs. Clinton, who wants to succeed him, is a documented liar.

The federal government, at the behest of politicians, has grown into an obese beast fed by special interests supported by politicians. Many examples come to mind. In 1950, Congress took some of the control over our children’s education by creating a Department of Education. Now something called “Common Core” is proposing a further intrusion into the education of our children. Here is a better idea: abolish the U.S. Department of Education and put that responsibility back into the hands of local school boards with oversight at the state level.

The U.S. Department of Energy was created back when the lack of sufficient energy was more of a problem than it is today. This agency should be abolished.

The first federal gas tax was passed in 1954 to provide money for constructing the Interstate Highway system, which happens to be the most successful program ever completed by a partnership of state and federal agencies. However, the interstate system was completed in 1993. Now the federal highway taxes are collected, sent to Washington, divided up and sent back to the states at a cost of billions of dollars. The federal highway taxes should be eliminated and the role of the Federal Highway Administration should be reduced to research and advice. State transportation departments are very professional, and do not need a federal agency telling them how to build their highways.

Electing qualified politicians to Congress who do not lie is especially important in the coming election.

Dick Prosence


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