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posted: 8/28/2013 5:00 AM

Keep money at home for our infrastructure

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We give about $1.5 billion dollars a year to Egypt in economic and military aid. We've been doing that for many years. What do we get in return? Absolutely nothing. In fact Egypt considers the United States one of its enemies. Egypt considers Israel among its top enemies. Of course we give billions to Israel, too. So if the two go to war we will be financing both sides. Pardon my cynicism, but I suppose Congress might consider that a win-win situation assuming one side wins.

Here in our country we have cut spending on many things that should be considered necessities. Referring to our infrastructure, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said, "Our nation is one big pothole." The American Society Of Civil Engineers gives our infrastructure a D+ rating. That will flunk you out of any school I know of. So isn't it about time for taxpayer money to be spent on something that will benefit them?

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We should stop all military aid to other countries and put the money to work here on American soil. A major effort to rebuild our infrastructure would benefit our country in so many ways including improving our economy. Of course, there are many who would complain about all that spending no matter where it came from or the good it would do. I am sure those same people wouldn't hesitate to put a new roof on their homes if it were leaking. If they didn't they would soon lose everything underneath it.

Ron Flowers

Elk Grove Village

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