How serious are Obama, Congress about spending cuts?

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As usual, I can find a statement in one of Charles Chlysta III's letter with which I can agree. The most recent, his letter of Jan. 6, is no exception. I agree that military spending needs to be reduced and could be by closing unneeded bases in Germany, Japan and elsewhere, which put a large burden on our budget at a time when costs must be lowered. However, how naive can one be to believe that raising the minimum wage in the middle of a recession to $10 or $11 per hour would allow this country to gain full employment when it can't be done now under current circumstances?

The other five items, as ridiculous as they are, will no doubt be implemented in some form or another -- as if Chylsta and Obama are singing off the same song sheet. This will assure us continued poor economic growth and recession for the balance of his administration.

Unlike Chlysta, I believe that getting this country's budget under control is a monumental task that will initially require major reductions in federal outlays to be successful and effect changes in Social Security, food stamps, unemployment benefit requirements, farm subsidies, ethanol fuel subsidies, solar panel subsidies, U.N. financing and a host of other programs too numerous to list.

This country has accumulated a debt of over $22 trillion. As we approach the upcoming debt ceiling fight, we will see how serious this president and Congress are in getting our overspending under control. President Obama has left the impression that he will not be limited by the debt ceiling. Trust me -- we're all in for some rough sledding. Try to hang onto your wallets and buckle your seatbelts.

Chuck Marshall, Atwater

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  • Neither Obama nor the Democrats are serious in cutting spending. That is how they buy their votes. The Obama phone, welfare, free housing, and all of this free stuff is nothing more than paying for these people to vote for the Socialist Party. They are afraid to vote for the Republicans because if times are good, they might actually have to go out and work and the Republicans think that labor should be cheap.

  • If only sherrod brown could have written such thoughts when I asked him about the debt and deficit. But alas, he doesn't believe they have a spending addiction. He says the treasury can just print some more iou's.

  • Excellant letter Mr. Marshall. To take your points to their logical extensions, our kids and grandkids will also suffer for the over-spending of our spineless leaders. When will they stand up and say "ENOUGH!" None of us can spend more than we take in, so why should our political leaders? We don't have that luxury, and they shouldn't have it. Truth be told, all they are doing is passing the buck to the future generations. They should be ashamed of themselves.