To The Daily Sun,
Each month the U.S. government collects about 10 times as much tax money as it needs to pay the interest and principle on our national debt. Therefore, UNLESS President Obama violates the Constitution and refuses to make the payments, there will be NO DEFAULT on our national debt obligations.
However, without a debt ceiling increase, government spending will be limited to its income. Payments on our national debt are supposed to be paid first. Social Security, Medicare, and other payments from trust funds should also continue.
It should not take bumping against our debt limit to force Congress and the president to end our disastrous overspending. Both Republicans and Democrats have acknowledged that our deficits cannot continue (without a disastrous result), but neither party has truly acted to balance our spending and income.
The hysteria from politicians, the media, and special interests is way out of proportion to the impact that fixing our spending problem will have on most Americans. Remember the hysteria about the 'sequester"? Yet few Americans have been affected.
Remember the hysteria about the government "shutdown"? Yet, this has affected so few Americans that President Obama has taken unprecedented, extreme, and outrageous steps to try to increase the pain such as by closing open air monuments and withholding death benefit payments for our soldiers killed in combat.
Many cuts in government spending should be easy as so many government programs have little positive value. The Department of Energy has obstructed our move to energy independence. Public education has become far more costly but not better, since the Department of Education has started "helping".
Programs that punish people for getting jobs and trying to become self-supporting should be scrapped. Programs that encourage self-destructive behavior such as premature Motherhood should be fixed to encourage behavior that produces long-term benefits.
Thousands of useless million dollar "studies" (such as to determine the effect of alcohol on Chinese prostitutes) demonstrate contempt for hard-earned taxpayer dollars and should be eliminated.
Taxpayer subsidies and bailouts for businesses and other special interest groups must stop, these entities should survive only if they provide value to customers or contributors.
If the debt ceiling is not raised, the greatest pain for most Americans will come from the hysterical protests from special interests that lose taxpayer dollars and politicians howling at the prospect of being forced to balance the budget as they are supposed, and many promised, to do.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:43
To The Daily Sun,
Tea Party members of Congress laughably anointed themselves as the pure and faithful guardians of the Constitution. Yet they do not care about votes in Congress, laws of the land, court decisions, any majority opinion, payments already approved, or existing contracts — unless they agree with them. They accept neither the legitimacy of democratic elections nor the results. Just like other fundamentalist extremists throughout the world, they intend to impose their warped social and political version of sharia on our country, whether Americans want it or not.
This minority of a minority has hijacked the Republican party and now — like the economic terrorists they are — have put a gun to the nation's head. They say "Do as we say or we will blow up the economy and everyone with it." All Americans will be collateral damage of their fantasies. The Tea Partiers in the House will happily set off bombs in every 401(k), credit card account, mortgage, the national debt and the world's economy. Not to mention Social Security, veterans' benefit and military pay checks. Every one of us will be seriously wounded by their tantrum. Instead of threatening to hold their breath until they turn blue, like 2-year-olds in a cartoon strip, they are putting a choke hold on America's windpipe.
But wait: they say they are willing to negotiate. Except that their idea of negotiation is not compromise or finding common ground but only unconditional surrender. "Meet our demands and we will let you live." And then they will return later with more blackmail and ransom notes. Abraham Lincoln put it well when he spoke about the Southern Fire Eaters who blew up the country in an attempt to preserve slavery. He said: "A highwayman holds a pistol to my ear and mutters through his teeth, 'Stand and deliver, or I shall kill you — and then you will be a murderer!'
It's time to see these people as the radical extremists and anarchists they are. It's time for leaders of the Republican party in Congress (including John "If I Only Had a Backbone" Boehner), who enabled these denizens of the fringe to show some sense of responsibility to their country and finally say no. It's time to refuse to bargain with political and economic terrorists. It's past time to take away the gun they are holding to the head of the American people. It is as simple as letting the House vote on a clean end to the shutdown and on the debt ceiling. Or to vote on any of the bipartisan compromises that come from the Senate. Watching the Tea Party caucus in action makes one wonder what these political versions of Timothy McVeigh, Eric Rudolph and the Tsarnaev brothers think they can get away with. They don't believe in the Constitution or in democracy. The Tea Party fringers are modern day secessionists and nullifiers. Let the would-be Ayatollahs such as Cruz and Bachmann and Wilson impose their tea-cracy on themselves and leave the real world alone.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:39
To The Daily Sun,
How disappointing, and intellectually dishonest, for Kate Miller to first appeal to reason and objective references relative to the debate over the Affordable Care Act and to then personalize an attack focused on me when those references are supplied.
When you do not have the facts on your side you may always bang your shoe on the table which does nothing to persuade any but the most gullible.
Rep. Ricahrd B. Burchell
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:36
To The Daily Sun,
The right-wing party is holding up the government on the passing of debt ceiling vote as they want to cut spending. I have written many times that the red states receive on the whole more than 30 cents more than blue states for every dollar paid in.The state of Utah would not exist without tax payers dollars. the Gulf states get over a dollar more than they pay in. Check the web yourself to see how many western state congressman receive farm subsidies. I can see ahead when the GOP Party will be history.
It has been written before, if you don't like President Obama, get ready to deal with President Hillary Clinton.
One more thing for the local experts: how many jobs have the right wingers created in the past five years?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:32
To The Daily Sun,
I was very disappointed last week to read a letter from Mr. Jones in which he uses veterans as a pawn in the political chess game that we've been witnessing in Washington. He would have us believe that our Representatives Shea-Porter and Kuster singled out veterans by voting against the latest ploy by House Republicans to make it appear that Democrats are "taking government hostage" and "voting against veterans". In fact, their votes were against the obstructionist attempts to derail the ACA, not against veterans. Passing narrowly focused continuing resolutions, which they no full-well Democrats will vote against, is their way of countering the public outcry against their shutting down of the government unless a law, the Affordable Care Act, is de-funded. It is a strategy meant to embarrass Democrats and shift the blame. Are veterans being effected — definitely yes, just as all Americans are being effected by the drama unfolding in our nations capitol.
The House voted to add a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act to the short-term funding bill that would keep government running through mid-December. This Tea Party-led Republican attachment to the spending bill — once again attempting to de-fund ACA, and the Senate refusal to negotiate or vote on a straight budget bill without extraneous and controversial demands have put our country in this position. They have voted to repeal, delay or de-fund the ACA 42 times, and now they are trying to prevent the law, upheld by the Supreme Court, from taking effect through extortion.
It is clear, since he stepped into office, that the Tea Party cause has always been to sabotage President Obama and "Obamacare" — it's getting old. If Republicans want ACA repealed, then vote on that as a stand-alone and not tied to the budget. The problem is that they don't have the votes to overturn it and they are willing to risk so much damage to pursue their agenda. But holding the entire country hostage by combining unrelated bills is going to backfire on the Tea Party and the Republican Party.
House Speaker Boehner believes the health care law "is having a devastating impact... something has to be done." Apparently the Tea Party-led Republicans feel that shutting down government (curtailing aid to veterans, etc.) is the way to go.
In the most recent polls, the approval rating of our Congress hovers around 11 percent (significantly higher than I feel it should be) and 75 percent of the voters express frustration with their representatives and want them ousted.
L. J. Siden
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:27