Government should answer to majority
Editor, the Advocate:
I am tired of the minority in our country changing things while the majority sits silently by. We no longer have prayer in school, at school sporting events, etc. because the minority cries "separation of church and state." The First Amendment states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Prayer at public events is not an establishment of religion. Prohibiting prayer is a violation of the First Amendment.
If you don't pay income taxes - and almost 50% of our wage earners don't - you shouldn't be able to vote. If you don't pay taxes, you won't care how much the government spends for entitlements because you aren't paying for them. Entitlements do not include Social Security or Medicare; we pay into them.
English should be the official language. If you cannot read, understand and write English, you shouldn't be able to vote.
Illegal aliens should not receive any federal or state assistance. There might be some exceptions for those who come here through the proper channels. When they come here illegally, they are really criminals.
Secure the borders - other countries do. Our government hasn't really wanted to for various reasons. No immigration bill should pass until the border is actually secured first.
Federal income tax should be eliminated and replaced with a consumption tax. Then, everyone would pay some tax. The rich who purchase more would pay more, and the lower income taxpayers would pay considerably less - but pay something.
The Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) and the Patriot Act both were passed without Congress reading the contents of the bills. Even I can do that! They should know what they are voting on.
Neither political party really cares about the average citizen. Their main concern is insuring their party retains power. This is one reason our national debt has reached almost $17 trillion. They forgot they are public servants. They are employees working for us, the employer.
And finally, Fast and Furious, the IRS and the Benghazi scandals have not produced a single person accountable for these blunders. Transparency?
John Price, Victoria