To The Herald-Whig:
Obviously, the key reason our nation's debt/budget crisis is not being resolved is that our national and state leaders don't really want to end this problem. They are not serious about it, because their own self-interests and agendas are more important to them than the ultimate well-being and, more urgently, the survival of this United States of America.
An article on Page 3C of the Sept. 27 issue of The Herald Whig states that state Treasurer Dan Rutherford has awarded 19 pay raises to staff members averaging 16 percent. This article also states that comptroller Judy Baar Topinka gave raises of at least 3 percent to 56 staffers and also gave raises of up to 15 percent to "a handful" of employees due to promotions or "equity adjustment."
If our leaders were serious about not merely avoiding a default of our national and state debts, but also lowering our debt and avoiding additional taxes, our leaders would not even consider giving raises to any government employees -- federal or state. By any government employees, I mean anyone who receives a paycheck from federal, state, city or county payroll from the President Obama on down.
A freeze was instituted during the last two years on inflation adjustments made to Social Security recipients. Cuts have been made to numerous other government programs, including the LIHEAP summer utilities program. This is not a complaint.
I am merely saying that all of government should do without raises in salary. We have to start attacking the problem somewhere. Our highly paid politicians, along with the rest of us, should be willing to sacrifice for the ultimate good of our country. Let's get serious about this.