Defense spending should be based on the Pentagon’s request, not adding funds above it. We all know there is wasteful spending in the government. With the lost revenue from tax reform, we can no longer afford to put extra in defense spending simply because politicians want to say they support a strong defense. We all want a strong defense, but it is attainable without excessive funding. As for lowering flag, it should be a state issue. We do not want to become a nation in mourning;therefore, there must be limitations on this expression of sorrow. Congress should be working on the 2019 budget, not the 2018 which was due 30 Sep 2017. If our elected officials continue to fail in the performance of their duties, the voters should vote in more worthy candidates. We cannot allow party loyalty to rule when the government’s business is not getting done.