A national politician that espouses smaller government or a balanced budget is promoting a deliberate mythical deception on voters. Only an economic downturn will reduce governmental revenues, which unfortunately do not correlate to a reduction of expenditures or existing fiscal obligations.
At best, our politicians are quibbling over the rate of increase in spending. This is why Congress passes continuing spending resolutions, instead of adopting and enacting a realistic budget. The political budgetary mathematics are clear; smaller government or a balanced budget requires massive spending cuts, which equates to voter discontent and the ouster of elected politicians.
We should laugh at our politicians, except the joke is on us, the taxpayers.
Michael R. Drennan, Miami