Sen. Mitt Romney recently proposed a “Cash for Kids” plan wherein parents can receive up to $3,000, per child, per year. At first glance, this might seem outrageous, a gross misuse of taxpayer’s money. Instead of succumbing to a knee-jerk reaction on which my future opinions would be based, I instead decided to learn more about his plan.

The more I learned, the more I think it is a brilliant idea. In fact, the net cost to taxpayers would be zero. Robert VerBruggen wrote an interesting piece about Romney’s plan in the National Review.

On the other hand, last week I learned that former President Donald Trump’s “big lie” of election fraud has so far cost taxpayers $519 million. This amount is likely to rise significantly, according to The Washington Post.

As citizens, we need to do our part to understand the reality of what is going on in our country. Instead of just paying attention to sound bites and echo chambers, it is our responsibility to dig deeper, to seek for the truth. Only then can we have civil, respectful discussion of the issues facing our country — and hold our elected officials accountable for how they spend our money.

Diane Hoole Romney

Darnestown, Maryland