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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

Re “Gov’t must be there for us,” Editorial, Feb. 14:

The federal government’s prime function is to protect and defend the United States and its citizens against all enemies foreign and domestic, to protect and defend our borders and to uphold the Constitution. President Obama placed his hand on the Bible and swore to do just that.

Since then, millions of illegal aliens have crossed the Mexican border; our mission to Benghazi was attacked and four Americans murdered with no justice sought; Nidal Hasan murdered 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, while shouting “Allahu akbar!” and has yet to be brought to justice; and Obama granted amnesty to 1.5 million illegal aliens, against U.S. law, by bypassing Congress.

The federal government no longer does its job. If the president’s oath of allegiance has become meaningless, why not just do away with it?

It was the government going into the housing business via Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that caused the collapse of the American economy. Sen. Schumer and Gov. Cuomo were major players in that disaster. Now the government is going into the health business.

It took as long as it did to help Sandy victims because our senators once again loaded the measure with pork projects such as a new roof for a museum in Washington, DC and money for Alaskan fisheries. There is no reason to be thankful for FEMA’s help. New Yorkers get back less than we send to the federal government in taxes. Egypt gets more.

The Chronicle’s editor mentioned the people of Suffolk County, who suffered during the last snowstorm in part because their taxes are primarily for schooling and not snow plowing, compared to the city, where higher taxes and a new plow-tracking website helped our snowplow corps to perform admirably, when in 2010 it hadn’t. I would suggest that snow plowers performed admirably this year because two years ago Mayor Bloomberg and his staff got hell for not doing their jobs. At the height of the 2010 storm no one was minding the store. Everyone responsible was on vacation. That, “Mr. Editor,” is government spending.

Taxes are not what gets a job done well. It’s conscientious people who take their jobs seriously and get fired if they don’t. They don’t sit in rubber rooms and get paid anyway.

Anyone who has ever worked for a government bureaucracy — and I did for 12 years — knows that of every 10 people on the payroll, three carry the other seven, while half the money is wasted or stolen and does little for its intended purpose. The larger the bureaucracy, the more money is wasted or stolen.

It’s shameless for a president who produced not one budget in four years, put the nation trillions of dollars further into debt with absolutely nothing to show for it, and never cut one item from his agenda that he thought would get him to say “We will not cut our way to prosperity.” Anybody remember the shovel-ready jobs of his 2008 campaign, which he himself later said never existed? Where did the “stimulus” money go? Anybody know? Anybody care?

Obama’s “right-wing opponents” never objected to paying taxes or footing the bill for Obama’s monarchically splendid vacations. Like many who work hard to earn their money, what they object to is seeing it thrown down the toilet, and anyone who’s ever worked for government knows that’s where most of it goes.

Janice Wijnen
Rego Park

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