Letter | America needs leaders with courage to do what’s right

05/18/2014 12:00 AM

05/16/2014 5:35 PM

It is amazing that in a country with so many intelligent people, we continue to elect officials to be our leaders in government who do not have the guts to do what is in the best interest of the nation.

Although I could site numerous examples how politics dictates what laws are enacted in Washington, I will cite just two examples where politicians have failed us because they refuse to realize that without taxation there can be no action.

1. The budget of NASA has been cut so severely, that we are dependent on Russia to shuttle our astronauts to the space station. Now Russia is threatening to stop giving our astronauts a lift.

2. Our Highway Trust Fund, which funds maintenance and repairs of our highways and bridges is broke. The federal gas tax, funds this endeavor. The gas tax has not been increased since 1993. Since then, gas mileage on vehicles has improved tremendously, so we all use less gasoline and the fund collects less money. Meanwhile, our infrastructure goes to pot.

Let’s elect some intelligent people to be our leaders; people who are not afraid to make the right decisions, ones that benefit our nation, regardless of political consequences.

The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.

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