Ruppersberger isn't serious about reining in government spending

June 03, 2011

I was dismayed to learn that my congressman, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland's 2nd Congressional District, voted for an unconditional $2.4 trillion increase in the U.S. debt ceiling limit without instituting any fiscal controls or compromises.

Fortunately, the motion failed 318 to 97. Providing that kind of credit increase without any concurrent spending cuts or caps would have signaled to the world that we Americans aren't serious about living within our means. Such a message is egregiously irresponsible.

Our nation's top military officer, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, has repeatedly stated that the single biggest threat to our country is our national debt. For the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to act in way that ignored — and would have increased — our country's most formidable threat goes against everything that being an intelligence official stands for.

On the same page of Mr. Ruppersberger's website where he mentions having supported the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he also mentions having "signed a pledge to oppose increasing the retirement age for Social Security."

Taken together, Congressman Ruppersberger is clearly not interested in facing, much less making, the tough choices our looming fiscal crisis will require.

Larry Smith, Timonium

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