To the editor:
We have a country full of problems.
Unfortunately, they are the same problems that we (the taxpayers) have had for several decades, under several presidents.
The biggest and most important is the deficit. Then there are the broken Social Security and Medicare programs. In addition, we are supporting a multitude of entitlement programs that continue to grow, both in number and scope of dependents. Finally, we have the same and worsening immigrant problems. All of these unsolved problems compound the somewhat questionable 9 percent unemployment and dearth of jobs.
Where has our leadership gone? Where are our statesmen? Surely, they do not appear to be in Washington.
Did you know that they haven't voted on and approved a budget for the last four years?
I don't think there is any question that we need to raise taxes on the rich, but don't expect that to sove the problem. No matter how high the tax rate, it won't even stop the compounding deficit, let alone begin to reduce it.
The middle class is going to have to belly up to the bar as well. It's not what we want to hear, but its time we faced the facts. We're in debt up to our chest and sinking. It's over $40,000 per household, including those that pay no taxes. That makes it $80,000 for those that pay taxes. That's a pretty hefty second mortgage. When is enough enough?
It doesn't matter whether you are a Democrat or a Republican. You have to demand every one of our elected officials get off their behinds and at least try to solve some of our financial problems.
Our present Congress didn't do anything the first two years when the president had a majority in both houses and they have just been spitting at each other like school kids the last two years.
President Obama hasn't had any success dealing with a Democratic Congress or a split Congress. So I have no hope for the next four years with him as an ineffective leader.
My vote will be for Romney. I think he is more in line with my thinking as far as our national debt is concerned.
I can only pray that we get enough new congressmen with leadership and moral skills to bring about the big changes needed to resurrect and revitalize our great and good United States of America.