Choices at budget event were like hobo stew

2013-03-19T00:00:00Z Choices at budget event were like hobo stew nwitimes.com
March 19, 2013 12:00 am

I was invited to participate in U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky's event on balancing the federal budget and prepared a carefully considered list of 10 essential items, congressional actions needed to stop money hemorrhages and restore jobs to provide taxes to operate the government.

Attendees received a packet and assigned seating. The enclosed material was a prepared agenda of budget items that we would choose yes/no, one or the other, like a congressman does.

In the half-hour before the meeting started, I read it three times, then decided this was a waste of time and walked out. The choices were the same taxes vs. cuts game that get the country deeper into debt. There was no procedure for other alternative proposals.

Many in the Great Depression subsisted on hobo stew. The choices looked like hobo stew.

- Jim Petro, Gary

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