It seems so obvious. If government officials want "everyone" to sacrifice in the name of budget control and keep the country's morale upbeat, many things must happen. Principle among these should be:

Significant reduction of congressional and other elected officials' salaries; the super collider and space station projects are peachy keen, but they can be drastically cut, put in mothballs and wait until we can afford them; if we need one in 10 families on food stamps and welfare, I'll eat anything but Bill Clinton's hat; our military must be curtailed and over half their budget cut; lobbyists should be temporarily outlawed from Washington official circles. Statesmen don't require them; all of this talk about health-care reform is futile unless we exclude the insurance industry, which costs us between $110 and $120 billion annually for paper work and administrative expense.I'm taking bets, not one of these sacrifices will be legislated. Further, the middle class will continue to be the patsy.

Eugene J. Faux