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Letter: Demand smart government

  • Author: Gunnar Knapp
    | Opinion
  • Updated: January 11, 2019
  • Published January 11, 2019

The U.S. Capitol Building at dusk on Jan. 20, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (Tribune Content Agency)

Here’s why I think Congress has to draw the line, simply say no to spending $5 billion on a wall, pass a budget and start paying our TSA inspectors, weather forecasters, park rangers and all the other federal employees who work for us.

Regardless of where you stand on any political issue, I hope you will agree that we shouldn’t spend money on anything without reasonable evidence that we’ll get our money’s worth.

I’m 100 percent for keeping people out that we don’t want crossing the border. If someone can show me that building a wall is a cost-effective way to keep them out, then I’m OK with it.

But in this entire debate, I’ve seen no evidence a wall is a cost-effective way to fix the problem. It’s time to start demanding smart, cost-effective government and stop holding the rest of the government hostage for a demand that has no serious analysis to back it up.

— Gunnar Knapp


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