Budget bluffing

Posted Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Ever notice when voters grouse about runaway government spending or limiting taxation, local politicians threaten to close public swimming pools in the summer?

The federal government goes further and adds the end of civilization as we know it: No air traffic controllers; no food for starving children; no military to protect our shores from the approaching Hun, ad infinitum.

There are a few problems, of course.

Those making the threats might well themselves die in their private jets or comfy first-class seats, as they whisk back and forth to their homes in this or that state; they don't know any starving child; and the current Hun-at-the-door will saw off their heads before a single swimming pool gets closed.

Worried about sequestration?

Dig a swimming pool in your back yard and vote the terror-mongers out of office next chance you get. They're on both sides of the aisle.

-- Roger Latham, Fort Worth

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