Republicans aren't to blame for Washington's gridlock [Letter]

December 21, 2013

The Sun writes that those nasty old Republicans are up to no good once again ("Not another debt limit fight," Dec. 16). Instead of cheerfully following the game plan and increasing the national debt by several trillion dollars, Republicans actually want to do something to slow this free fall into bankruptcy.

Our national debt is over $17 trillion and, according to The Sun, another trillion or two here or there can't hurt anybody, right? But complaining about Republican partisanship conveniently obscures the Democrats' irresponsibility.

The failure of the president and his party to come to grips with entitlements — and the disgraceful burden we are putting on our young people — is inexcusable. At least, it should be.

But as long as The Sun let's them off the hook, the president and Democrats have no reason to do anything about the problem.

We will continue to have budget deadlocks as long as we continue to avoid acting like adults.

Here's a suggestion: How about asking Democrats to outline their proposals for making Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid sustainable and financially solvent for future generations?

Their reply shouldn't be long — because they have no such proposal and could care less.

Robert C. Erlandson, Lutherville

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