To The Herald-Whig:
Under Bush and Cheney, Republicans had no problems with burning through the budget surplus left by the Clinton administration, instead of using it to help pay down the national debt; starting a war, with no money budgeted for it. Instead, they used the good faith of the American dollar to borrow heavily from China, Japan and other countries; voting for huge tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, during wartime; starting yet another war, and borrowed yet more money; passing a second sweeping tax cut for the wealthiest, all while sending the middle class poor and poor off to fight and die in the wars started by Bush, and borrowed more money; funneling money into their own private earmarks, while emptying the Treasury to do so, and did more borrowing; repeatedly raising the debt ceiling to cover all that borrowed money seven times under Bush.
Republicans under Bush did not exercise the slightest bit of fiscal responsibility the entire time they were in total power, yet now act as though they are morally superior to those trying to solve our insolvency.
Now the middle class and the working poor, who have done all the fighting and dying in Bush's wars, are told that we must also take massive cuts to our Medicare and Social Security. But the rich don't take any cuts to their wealth. I keep hearing about how the tax cuts for the rich are "necessary to create jobs." Well, they've had their tax cuts for a decade now. Where are the jobs? The U.S. now has more millionaires and billionaires than at any other time. We also have 25 percent of the children in the U.S. living below the poverty level.
Our country was founded on at least a two-party system, not one overwhelming group forcing their will on the rest of us, always refusing to compromise.
The national debt does need to be addressed, but due to eight years of massive Republican malfeasance which created most of that debt, now is not the right time. They need to work together to raise the debt ceiling and quit playing games with our country's finances and our lives.