Letters to the Editor

10 pointers for those who write our budgets

The Legislature has completed the budget for the next two years. It seems that while drafting budget plans, they, the governor, Congress and our president should consider what one of our greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln, considered his 10 rules of conduct for individuals and nations:

1) You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. 2) You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. 3) You cannot help; small men by tearing down big men. 4) You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. 5) You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred. 6) You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. 7) You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money. 8) You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn. 9) You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence. 10) You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

If our Legislature, governor, Congress and president would pattern their budget efforts after these rules, instead of always spending more, it would be a novel approach to governing and spending. It would change a whole lot of things, and in my opinion, for the better.

Bob Higley

Olympia

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