The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


July 11, 2013

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— Rechannel Egypt $$ to U.S. military bases

As I was watched a TV news program a couple of days ago, I was shocked to learn that our government could not afford to give military families on some bases a Fourth of July celebration.

Yet a few days later, the government announced it was withholding $1.5 billion  from Egypt because of that country’s internal problems.

Why are we giving foreign countries billions of our tax dollars when we can’t afford to treat military families to good Fourth of July celebrations?

I would like some senator or House members to explain to me where in our Constitution it says our tax dollars will be given to foreign countries. Especially those who don’t like us, just our money.

Just think how much could be done if we used that money instead to help the people in trouble in the United States. Like the people who have children and have lost their homes and everything they own and now are in shelters for years and trying to rebuild their lives.

Why should we pay taxes if our government is just giving our money away?

We should limit the amount of time Congress members can serve. This should not be a career job. Six years is enough.

When someone spends a lot of time in office and gets nothing done, then they are not doing their job.

Homer Mattes


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