Down with earmarks


I pay taxes in order to keep the government running and it recently shut down for 16 days. If my tax bill next year is $36,500, that means that I’m paying taxes of $100 per day. I believe that I’m entitled to a reduction of $1,600 in taxes for next year.

Even after the reduction, however, I will not pay taxes until the government stops funding the very necessary (but we must cut spending somewhere!) study on the evolution of the penis of ducks√ or the grant to create a robotic squirrel in order to study how a rattlesnake would react to it√.

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voted to reopen the government and increase the debt ceiling only after the bill for these items included an earmark of $3 billion for a dam in his state of Kentucky.

Everyone should follow these very fair and well-reasoned positions.

Rene V. Murai, Miami

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