This is not a political post. Translation: Most of you will see this as a political post.

Open Letters to Washington

For the most part, there are two topics that are off limits for me: politics and reality television. The former because it is too controversial and the latter because I am protecting my remaining brain cells from further damage.

However, I have a few open letters to Washington.

Dear Washington,

We have a $16,600,000,000,000+ debt. You might want to do something about that.

Dear Mr. President,

We have a $16,600,000,000,000+ debt.

The “Blame the guy before you for eight years strategy” got old about four years ago. It’s time to cowboy up, put your big boy pants on, roll up your sleeves, and whatever other analogy for “getting to work” you can come up with, and start taking responsibility for your part.

No one forced you to sign the last four budgets that took us another $4,000,000,000 into debt each day.

I blamed my calculus teacher in high school for years because I was not valedictorian. “She failed me,” is what I would say. No. I failed.

Rather than play the blame game, resolve to be a hero and fix the problem.

Dear Congressional Republicans,

We have a $16,600,000,000,000+ debt.

We can’t get out of this nation-crumbling debt with the old way of thinking. I don’t want my taxes raised any more than the next person, but it might be worth trying temporarily to make a dent in this debt.

We have a president who blames the guy before him. You blame the president who blames the guy before him. No one takes action. How’s that been working out for you the past 100 years?

Dear Congressional Democrats,

We have a $16,600,000,000,000+ debt.

You can’t spend more. Stop throwing temper tantrums about how you want this or that. Stop trying to scare us into thinking that if the government actually stops spending like drunken sailors that Grandma Betty is going to die of malnutrition, the roads will fall apart, and Nicholas Sparks will stop writing romance novels. Debt = spend less.

My Vision of Washington

When I picture Washington, I picture a family with four sons in line at the supermarket. The oldest went off to college. The youngest is throwing a fit because he wants a candy bar, but the parents aren’t buying it for him. The second youngest needs extra reading tutoring but the parents refuse to take money out of the $200 cable budget to fund it. The parents make good money and even got an inheritance, but blew it all on a too-big-for-their-financial-britches house in the nice part of town. They continue to dine on steak and caviar while the husband’s business goes further into debt each month.

The second youngest blames the kid in college for giving the family a bad name in high school. Now he thinks the teachers are taking it out on him. The youngest still wants a candy bar and assumes that since daddy and mommy can spend money they don’t have, so can he. When they continue not to budge, he steals the candy bar. The dad blames the mom for overspending on needless household decorations and hair styling. The mom blames the dad for not making more.

Their grandmother, the dad’s mom, is tired of their games and just cut them off. She takes responsibility for enabling them all of these years.

How do you picture Washington? What can you do to help turn the tide of the national debt?

0 thoughts on “Open Letters to Washington

  1. Jon Stolpe says:

    It starts with me. I need to live responsibly, and make solid financial decisions. Then I need to vote and speak up regarding our nations fiscal decisions. Finally, I need to do my duty to pay taxes. It’s part of living in this country.

  2. Bret Wortman says:

    I’m with Jon. I can do nothing about what’s going on “over there”. (Well, for the most part — I can vote every chance I get and send messages to my elected reps, and act responsibly with the government funds my projects are given).

    But I can certainly do what I can to ensure my family and I are doing the right things even as those around us aren’t.

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      Amen Bret.

      While it may seem selfish, I am confident that know matter what the government does, if my family continues to spend less than we make, save tons of money, and manage our money well, we will be just fine.

  3. Lily Kreitinger says:

    Ouch. When you look at it at a micro-level, it definitely is crystal clear. Teaching our kids personal accountability by being responsible with our financial decisions is the only way we will turn things around.

  4. Tom Brichacek says:

    You’re right. The old way of thinking & acting in D.C. isn’t going to work. We need to vote for leadership! Being a legislator was supposed to be a part time job. Now it is a full time fundraising job with legislating on the side.

    1. Mark Sieverkropp says:

      yeah, we should follow Texas’ plan, meet once every two years for a few months…and leave us the heck alone the rest of the time!

      1. Matt McWilliams says:

        Good idea Mark!

  5. Jana Botkin says:

    Your family of four story depicts the country perfectly. Gives me a tic under my eye to think about it too much. . . sigh.

  6. Mark Sieverkropp says:


    Can I say anymore than that?

    What can I do to turn the tide? Act in a responsible manner in my own life. Teach my kids to do the same. Elect LOCAL leaders who will act responsibly. And stand by and support those who on a local and national level have the same values I do and will act on principle.
    I could add run for office, but, no thanks!

  7. Jon Stolpe says:

    I was at the gym this morning, and I saw on the news that President Obama signed something that would reduce spending. It’s a start…I guess.

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