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Letter: Founders would be appalled by our federal government

Founders would be appalled by our federal government

As I watch what is going on in Washington, D.C., and to a lesser extent in our state and local governments, I am profoundly sad as I write this on the 230th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States. I firmly believe that Alexander Hamilton and the other Founders would be appalled at what has happened to this country and its government.

While we are still the best, most free place to live on this planet, our political institutions have grown out of control and are no longer operating in the best interests of the citizens of this country. I have read the Constitution, and when I look at all the federal government’s programs and bureaucracies, I ask: “Where is this authorized in the Constitution?” For the most part, the answer is, it’s not. That document was not written to empower and enhance the federal government, but rather to limit its scope and power.

And I also have to ponder: Why weren’t we asked if we want senators, members of the House of Representatives and other government employees to have pay and benefits that far exceed what the average working citizen receives? I think the answer is, if they had asked us “common folks,” they know we would reply with a resounding no!

We, the people, need to take our governments back, and the only peaceful way to do that is through the vote. But I fear that the politicians, offering “cookies” to too many people who really don’t care who’s paying for all this, and people who don’t care to educate themselves on these issues, will make that task unobtainable.

Philip A. Kaczmarek

Cheektowaga

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