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Article posted: 2/12/2013 5:00 AM

End the nation's overspending habit

Help! I've been transported to a make-believe America, and I need to get back to the real United States.

In this fantasy-fueled nation our president has disbanded the jobs council he created despite 7.9 percent unemployment. Our "recovery" features a shrinking GDP. With domestic producers capable of harvesting our natural resources to the point of energy independence, regulations and restrictions force elevated gas prices.

And then there's the U.S. Senate, which has failed to pass a budget for four years but supports borrowing a third of the government's annual expenditures. Beam me up, Scottie!

Take me back to the America whose representatives reflect the actions and desires of the people. American banks are flush with cash as the people set aside savings rather than expose themselves to expanded debt. Meanwhile, the Obama administration has expanded our national debt by trillions of dollars and has no spending reduction plans in the works. Instead, his party members stand in front of microphones and proclaim, "we have no discretionary spending problems." Really!

My America, my neighbors, my friends and my family work hard every day and use "don't spend what you don't have, whittle down your debt" logic. Our representative to Congress, Peter Roskam, believes the same. He helped pass the "no budget, no pay" act that attempts to force our legislators to deal with our very real financial problems and bring debt reduction into the spending game plan. Rep. Roskam offers common sense solutions in the nonsense, "forward" driven congressional world. It's time to cut up the credit card, pay the bills and support domestic financial growth. It's an alien principle unknown in Washington, D.C., called "personal responsibility."

Bruce Sauer

North Barrington

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