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Mikulski and her ilk spend, not 'invest'

Politicians routinely use false language to conceal the frauds they're committing and the harm they're doing. Journalists shouldn't echo the politicians' falsifications. Yet The Sun's John Fritze, in writing about U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski's taking over the Senate Appropriations Committee, says that the committee deals in "investments" ("Mikulski is set to lead Appropriations," Dec. 20).

What a load of cow manure. Neither the committee nor the Congress nor the federal government deals in investments. They all spend. It is this spending that's at issue, not "investing."

Bill Earle, Parkville

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