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Readers' forum: Entitlement spending

Published: Sunday, March 20 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

Bob Bennett's editorial on entitlements ("Three largest entitlement programs," March 14) nicely confirms my thinking on the subject. The three entitlements mentioned — Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid — are only symptoms of a more pernicious entitlement problem, that of the politician's presumption, once elected, of a continuing entitlement to public office.

Over time seduced by power, position, lobbying influence and the prospect of progression up a political career path, the politician, with eyes on the polls and the next election, forsakes the mandate to transact the public's business, when making the right decisions for the country risks compromising the chance of re-election. The politician pushes serious issues under the carpet in an attempt to avoid the political problem of addressing them. As a result, we are left with festering problems that defy solution, yet which must be solved.

It seems the clear path to solve the public-office-entitlement problem and to have people's business transacted fairly and efficiently is to elect honorable men to public office and to remove the prospect of a political career. Absent the prospect of perpetual re-election, we have a chance to preserve the integrity of our representatives, curtail the influence of lobbyists and rid the country of the misguided efforts of the entitled politician.

Jack Higley

Sandy

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