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Letters to the Editor

Letters: Dependency?

October 16, 2013

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To the editor:

The argument that we are hearing from ultraconservatives that receiving financial support from the federal government “fosters a culture of dependency” does have some genuine merit.

To make the point: The hefty salaries paid to members of Congress for accomplishing next to nothing are far more than they could possibly earn in the private sector for similar achievement.

How can we help our congressional representatives to escape their “culture of dependency” on the federal government? Perhaps a constitutional amendment that requires each state to establish a nonpartisan commission to create congressional districts that are based on geography rather than politics (as intended by our constitutional forefathers) could make a difference.

At any rate, our current congressional representatives are the most obvious and blatant victims of “a culture of dependency.” They need help!

Comments

Richard Heckler 1 year, 2 months ago

In most cases we can label them tax dollar moochers aka congressional entitlement.

There is a way to eliminate the lies, distortions and to cut off any attachments that the GOP has stapled on to the debt ceiling process. We call on Pres. Obama to use a legal power to get the economy moving again which is far more important than viewing one day more of GOP unethical behavior.

"The debt-ceiling crisis threatens not just the president's constitutional duty to make payments on the public debt but also the accompanying requirement that he spend money lawfully appropriated by Congress, either as part of a yearly budget or as part of statutes authorizing “entitlement” payments like Medicare or veterans' benefits.

Failing to do any of these things would be a default on the president's duty to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

The president may not be able to obey all three sources of law; if so, Obama should make the payments and ignore the debt ceiling.

“The debt ceiling is the fiscal equivalent of the human appendix — a law with no discoverable purpose,” he writes. “If Congress leaves the debt ceiling at a level inconsistent with duly enacted spending and tax laws, the president has no choice but to ignore it.”

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/10/if-congress-wont-raise-the-debt-ceiling-obama-will-be-forced-to-break-the-law/280176/

John Graham 1 year, 2 months ago

President, Democrats and Republicans all deserve blame for the state the government is in. To blame only the Republicans shows a clear blindness to the games the President and the Democrats are playing. They ALL need to act like adults and not petulant children. They ALL need to compromise to make things work. For the President and the Democrats to state there is "no negotiating" is no more helpful than what the Republicans are doing. Everyone needs to focus on working together instead of trying to lay blame and claim they are winning the disagreement. The general public needs to do the same.

John Graham 1 year, 2 months ago

You prove my point quite nicely. You are still worried about who is "most" to blame. Assigning blame does nothing to fix the problem. Until everyone gets beyond the blame game nothing will get done.

Scott Burkhart 1 year, 2 months ago

If your definition of "ultraconservative" is someone who opposes $17 trillion dollars in debt, adding another $1 trillion to it overnight, 90 million people out of work, the highest non participation ratio of working individuals in the country's history, the IRS controlling 1/6 of the economy, and the federal government being the largest employer in the U.S. then, yeah, that's me.

Oh yeah, and free cell phones. Forgot that one.

Richard Heckler 1 year, 2 months ago

In general I agree with Artie Shaw. I do offer this concept as a replacement.

Let's demand a new system and vote in Fair Vote America : http://www.fairvote.org/irv/

Let's have public financing of campaigns. Citizens cannot afford special interest money campaigns for it is the citizens that get left out. Let citizens vote on this issue. http://www.publicampaign.org/fair-facts

Citizen voters have a right to clean house. Let citizens vote on this issue for our current elected officials will never allow citizens the right to clean house.

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