She begins here letter to the U.S. Treasury:
Berger seems to not have a problem with the spending so much as with what the money is being spent on. Though the sections I've pasted seem to criticize spending financed by debt in general, her real concern is for the poor, the homeless, and even endangered species.
"Dear Sir:On May 9, 2008, I received an “economic stimulus payment” from you for the amount of $600.00. I’m concerned that I received this check in error. As I understand it, you are $9 trillion in debt... The money you gave to me was borrowed against your debt... If I have received this check in error, please let me know and I will return it to you immediately. Otherwise, I will assume that you are continuing a bad habit of 'robbing Peter to pay Paul.'
Rose M. Berger
I, on the other hand, take issue with returning cash to any voters (not to mention polar bears) who demand goods and services from the government and don't expect to have to pay the big bucks those services require. On the left, they ask for the welfare state. On the right, they want a very expensive war or two, and an overinflated defense budget. One is a statism of domestic control. The other is a statism of nationalistic hegemony. One vision is of the nanny state. The other is of big brother.
I've posted a chart before that shows that the vast majority of our spending goes toward three things: War (a service demanded by the Right, generally), Entitlements (a service demanded by the Left, generally), and Debt (the only way to fulfill the demands of both right and left given limited tax revenues).
These expenses are partially financed through tax revenues and partially financed by further borrowing, via the issuance of U.S. Treasury notes. When spending exceeds revenues, the excess, by definition, increases our national debt. The problem on both the left and right is that they want to have their cake and eat it too. Neither is willing to admit that what they demand is going to cost them and that they have to be willing to fork it over. And until both sides are willing to rethink their expensive ideologies, they're both going to keep taking it up the ass every April 15th.