In response to Mr. Chris Rawlings, I was taught that if you don't have the money to buy something you don't buy it.
Same reasoning pertains to when credit cards were introduced. You failed to mention the debt ceiling was being raised to pay only for bills already approved by Congress. Why didn't you speak out when George Bush took us into two wars without including the costs in the budget?
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His answer was, "He didn't know what they would cost." When a similar situation occurs in business you establish a budgetary "line item" estimating the cost which you update when costs exceed that amount. Add to this mismanagement, a medical drug program and No Child Left Behind which were also not budgeted and you have considerable debt problems.
We were persuaded to go to war on false information and a promise that oil would pay the costs. Our country has realized very little of that oil yet Halliburton, an oil company in which Cheney has a large investment, received contracts to provide housing, meals, laundry services, etc. to our troops.
Bush and Cheney left us a debt of trillions of dollars to pay for their wasteful spending. I never read a letter in the Fence Post from you admonishing them.
Jeannine L. Brown