Jackie Gingrich Cushman

When Coolidge was inaugurated as president on March 4, 1925, he noted: "I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people. The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the government. Every dollar we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager. Every dollar that we prudently save means that their life will be so much the more abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical form."

It's not that it's just about the money -- it's about the people who have to pay for the money, whether taxpayers today or taxpayers tomorrow who are saddled paying back money they did not spend. We need to ensure that every taxpayer dollar spent is carefully and thoughtfully spent.

While residents of Middle Eastern and African countries are protesting at great risk to their lives, state Democratic lawmakers are fleeing their jobs, and the United States House and Senate are in recess.

The House worked overnight from Feb. 18 to Feb. 19 to pass an appropriations bill that cut current-year discretionary spending by $61 billion. While this might sound like small change to those of you accustomed to hearing about trillion-dollar debts, every dollar does count because every dollar has to be paid by a taxpayer -- current or future.

When the House and the Senate reconvene next week, the Senate will read President George Washington's farewell address.

In this address, he mentions the importance of the "strength and security of public credit." He notes that in times of peace, we should pay off all debt accumulated in times of war.

May his words fall on fertile ground, and let's hope the state lawmakers get back to work.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.