Letters to the editor
Why don’t they get it?
The bipartisan Simpson-Bowles Committee laid out the problem very succinctly, along with solutions to our debt problem. It is simple math: we cannot keep spending at the current pace with a 16 trillion dollar, and growing, deficit. Per usadebtclock.com, this amounts to $52,931 for every citizen of our country or $147,483 per taxpayer! It will take both significant reductions in spending and some increase in revenue to reduce this deficit.
A large part of the spending reduction has to come from modifications in the entitlement programs. This is where the big bucks are; there is just no way to get these numbers out of the discretionary spending area. The revenue growth should come from revising the tax code and eliminating the myriad tax loopholes that have accumulated through the years.
The Republicans recently agreed to increasing tax revenues by raising taxes on incomes over $400,000 per year, and the Democrats's response was to demand more revenue - with no mention of addressing the huge spending problem.
Our financial situation will require negotiation and tough decisions, so it is up to the Obama administration and Democrats to make some effort to negotiate on spending reduction. They must show some good faith and take the next step. That is the way negotiations work!
Congress must put politics aside and get to work addressing this problem. It is their responsibility and too important to our country for them to do otherwise.
A deal for politicians on gun safety
I would like to make a deal with politicians who oppose recently proposed gun safety legislation. If they will not compromise on any of these proposals to improve gun safety and reduce gun violence, then I ask one thing in return. I ask that they expand Obamacare so that anyone who is injured by a gun will receive completely free medical care, paid for by U.S. taxpayers. I don't think it is too much to ask these politicians to put their money where their mouths are.
Robert G. Harrison