Washington state has huge financial problems. We need more funding for the unemployed, for the disabled, for education, for state prisons, for those with addictions and for health care. This state cannot fund all the desired and needed programs.
U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell know that only the federal government can provide the needed funds. Only the federal government can legally run huge deficits. Currently, the government is spending 42 cents out of every dollar through deficit dollars. Our Senators are committed to continuing to obtain every dollar they can for our state, regardless of the national debit. They are for the betterment of the state regardless of our national financial condition. They then say, "Look at all the good I have done for your benefit." Then we re-elect them for another term in office as thanks.
I think most members of Congress have the same attitude with the result that our nation is now running on financial "empty." It is time that Murray and Cantwell realize the Washington, D.C., doesn't have an endless supply of money and that the citizens of Washington realize that all our wants cannot be meet.
Our national debt is more than $15.7 trillion.
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