A Better East Texas: Government Spending

Rising gas prices among other economic hardships are keeping east Texans awake at night as we struggle to make ends meet. And to compound matters many employers, facing the same challenge, are eliminating jobs in an effort to be competitive or, just keep their doors open. During times like this all of us seek out ways to spend less money. We might ask ourselves; does the money I'm spending on this item today still fulfill its orginal purpose?

Or am I just buying this out of habit? Well, there is one entity that doesn't seem to go through the line of questioning the rest of us do. And the reason they don't is because they are enabled by law to force people to spend money with them. I'm talking about your government. According to USA Today, federal, state and local governments are hiring new workers, that is, creating new jobs, at the fastest pace since the attacks on 9/11.

So, while business is eliminating jobs and average Americans are struggling to make ends meet the government is adding jobs, and spending more money. Well, somebody's got to pay for those new jobs and it's you, the American taxpayer. And it really doesn't seem to matter that you can't afford it right now. So while it seems our presidential candidates are talking about tax redistributions and more tax on the wealthy what they should be talking about is how they are going to cut the size of government and reduce everybody's taxes.

There's no doubt about it, Americans know how to spend money. And more money in your pocket will create a better economy and a better east Texas.

Viewer Comments:

To Brad Streit:

Forgive me for not responding more promptly to your editorial at the end of the newscast on 19 May.  My wife and I are two East Texans who appreciate your public stance on morality, public decency, and especially fiscal responsibility, or the lack of, from our leaders!

Would you consider a run for President?  You may remember another TV personality who made quite a positive impact on our world a few years ago!


I just feel really good when I see your editoral comments. I agree with you 99% of the time which is unuasal for me. I really believe at some point in your career you should consider running for some office. You have a lot to offer people and you are able to motivate them, in my opinion. It doesn't matter which party either. We have to have more people like you in office with conviction and the main ingredient, INTEGRITY!!!

Your Friend,