- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- Son of Westboro Baptist Church patriarch discusses abuse, faith (11/15/17)6
- Scott City council hires former SEMO public safety director as city administrator (11/15/17)
Time to get tough, fire Congress
After serving 11 years in the U.S. Army, I understand the importance of a strong, properly equipped military. Like most vets, I saw firsthand the wasteful spending that occurs on overseas operations.
At West Point, I taught cadets Article I of the Constitution which gives Congress the power of the purse. Yet it is the Executive, in Defense Secretary Gates, that recently proposed cuts in military spending. Incumbent members of Congress, bent on their own re-election, seem unable and unwilling to do their fiscal duty. This isn't a party problem -- it's an incumbent problem.
In the time Jo Ann Emerson has been in office we've increased our national debt by $8,072,355,112,448, or $27,000 for every man, woman and child in our district. She'd like to blame someone else for putting us in debt to China, but as an appropriator, she writes the checks. She represents DC politics as usual, voting for her own pay raises while refusing to make the tough decisions that cutting the deficit requires.
It's time to get tough. This November, let's fire Congress and send new blood and a message to Washington. I support term limits and a balanced-budget amendment and have the military background to lead the way in making our nation more secure.
TOMMY SOWERS, 614 N. Pine St., Suite 202, Rolla, MO 65401