Stupid and futile? That's the Democrats ignoring deficit crisis

July 21, 2011

The Sun's recent editorial ("Cut, cap and empty gesture," July 20) is an insult to anyone who wants Washington to actually get serious about debt and deficit reduction. The House has passed a budget that the Senate refuses to discuss. The House has passed a proposal that would spark debate about what really needs to be done long-term to deal with our ever-increasing debt, and not only will the Senate not seriously discuss it, President Barack Obama has already said he would veto any such measure. Just who is being the obstructionist? It is not the House. The Democratically-controlled Senate and White House are the ones sitting on their hands and helping to kill this economy in the process.

Your statement that the "normally routine move of raising the debt ceiling is being blocked by Republicans" is laughable. The situation is not normal, and the process should be anything but routine. It was "routine" actions on the debt ceiling over the last decade that helped get us into this mess, and the current Republican majority in the House is absolutely correct to refuse to allow more "routine" but irresponsible actions to proceed without demanding change. In case The Sun's editorial staff didn't notice, that's what the American people demanded in the 2010 mid-term elections. I think the members of your editorial board who are the ones living in Delta House and exhibiting "stupid and futile" ignorance of what the voters demanded in 2010.

Pandering to the stubbornness of Mr. Obama and Senate Democrats does not sit well with those of us who said "enough is enough" in 2010. Your editorial has all the subtlety and nuance of an essay written after a drunken frat house toga party by people still ranting against the will of the American people and who (through stupid and futile gestures) will say anything to try to support their failed position.

William Opfer, Forest Hill

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