A reader writes: By Elizabeth Lofgren
A poor choice of words, grown traditional, has helped send our sweat-kissed taxes around the world and throughout the U.S. Finance the pork, pork, pork in political barrels, pay for loony projects without end, toss good money after bad and yet hardly ever know we foot the bill.
The words, "federal funds," the "government is paying," or "government money" etc. Today's clichés have cost us our shirts, countless millions of people are falsely led to believe they somehow got something for nothing.
Day by day we read, "Some new cost will be met by federal funds." There are no federal funds. "That's our money!" To be accurate it should read, "Will be met by taxpayers' funds." We've announced locally that part of the cost "will come from federal funds." This part sounds like found money. It's found money only in the sacrifice of the rest of us elsewhere.