TribLIVE

| Opinion/The Review

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Let's talk about the debt

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Letters home ...

Traveling abroad for personal, educational or professional reasons?

Why not share your impressions — and those of residents of foreign countries about the United States — with Trib readers in 150 words?

The world's a big place. Bring it home with Letters Home.

Contact Colin McNickle (412-320-7836 or cmcnickle@tribweb.com).

Daily Photo Galleries

Letter to the Editor
Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

The U.S. Senate and House budget committees are again having “conversations” and hopefully, finally doing their jobs. I'm still perplexed as to why the House Republicans never accepted one of the 18 requests this year from the Democrat Senate to hold a joint budget committee conference.

The Senate and House committees are supposedly discussing the same basic issues as before. Democrats want to close tax breaks for the wealthy and large corporations to replace part of the sequester cuts, which will take $91 billion out of government funding next year. Republicans want to keep those perks and cut federal benefits programs.

Which programs do Republicans want to cut? Social Security? Medicare? Welfare? No one knows and no one is reporting it.

I know the Republicans have a plan — keep doing nothing and keep the current spending levels in place, even if it means bigger cuts to military spending. The right-wing spin to this will be Democrats support defense cuts because Republicans won't agree to more tax revenue, omitting that Democrats wanted the new revenue to come from corporate welfare tax breaks. Republicans always talk a good game.

Unfortunately, the conversation over our national debt is a secondary political news issue. The media in general and the VND in particular are obsessed with just one story: ObamaCare.

When will debt be the primary national issue?

Raymond Anthony

Fawn Township

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Letters

  1. Condescending interviewee
  2. Students’ debt to repay
  3. ATI unfair
  4. Taxing tobacco II
  5. USW not cause of ATI woes
  6. States & secession
  7. Inspiring & welcome
  8. Major issue, no action
  9. Narcan’s risks
  10. Seal the borders
  11. Exiting Wal-Mart