No more spending

To the editor:

My husband and I started to watch on Fox Business Channel Mike Rowe’s new show, “How America Works.” So far he has shown men and women working in the lumber, waste management, oil and gas and fracking industries, electricity and the latest was fishing.

Each of the episodes shows how the product is produced, not just the workers in the field, but others who do the maintenance on machinery and vehicles, which is a vital role that is needed to get their particular product to the consumers.

In the latest episode, Rowe stated that the fishing industry in the United States is a $10 billion-a-year industry to feed Americans. I decided to investigate the annual revenue of the other industries he featured on his program. These results are from looking at the search engine Bing.

Lumber: Industrial shipments of wood and paper manufacturing industry are worth some $582 billion. U.S. Paper mill shipments alone, for example, are worth some $45 billion.

Waste management: Revenue for the 12 months ending March 31 was $15.601 billion.

Fracking: It will be a $68 billion market by 2024.

Oil and gas: The revenue of the U.S. oil and gas industry came to about $181 billion.

Electricity: It generated about $390.34 billion in 2017.

The money that was accumulated by these industries, provided a service that is needed. They invested their money to pay for salaries, maintenance and other expenses needed to keep their industries running. In the money generated is not known how much of it was profitable to the individuals that head these industries.

Which brings me to our representatives in government in Washington — how is it that they need $3.2 trillion to run our country? They produce nothing. The drafter of the bill, which President Joe Biden said he wrote, needs to be held accountable. Who came up with that figure? Where is the budget office? Who is responsible for all of the appropriated — where has it gone? Why isn’t legal action being taken on behalf of the American taxpayer? We have a national debt of $25 trillion. We don’t need any more spending. Period.

Merica Petrella



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