Fiscal Responsibility

The People Have Spoken

Polls show overwhelming support for a balanced plan to reduce our deficit and pay our bills—even among Republicans. House Republicans standing in the way of a compromise and pushing our country toward default are far to the right of most Americans. Last night, President Obama urged Americans who support a compromise solution to contact their Members of Congress and make their voices heard.

Reporter David Weigel asked if any of his readers were following through, and the response he got was a strong “yes.” Here are some of the highlights—we hope Republicans are listening to their constituents:

Sam from Indiana sent this to Rep. Dan Burton:

I won't take up valuable staff time reciting my support of you, of the Republican Party, or of conservative principles we share. I know they are busy enough, and will be in the coming days as we continue on this path toward default.

I write to merely register my concern as your constituent, in the grand tradition of our great American citizenry. I want you to support efforts to raise the debt limit by whatever means necessary. You were sent to Washington to be a responsible adult. Responsible adults pay their bills; they do not seek politically-convenient reasons to decline to pay certain obligations. They do not play games with peoples' lives, their well-being, their jobs, or the fate of their nations. Regardless of how you may feel about federal debts, deficit spending, the president, or Democrats in Congress, it is your Constitutional duty to protect the American people, to promote their interests, and to keep the country great. Default will do none of those things, in either the short- or long-term.

Under no circumstances will I bring myself to support your candidacy in the future, or the candidacy of any current federal official, in the event of default. Should we as a country default, and end up on the so-called "trash bin of history" with the Romans, the Greeks, and countless other great nations, I can only hope that our Creator will have more pity on you than will the American people.

God bless you and you entertain what will be a politically-difficult choice. And may God continue to bless the United States of America.

Rich from Ohio sent this to Rep. Steven LaTourette:

I'm a political moderate, of decent means, living in Hudson. I think I speak for many like me. I've listened to both sides this evening and President’s Obama's approach is the one I clearly prefer. My reasons:

1) Chance for historic tax rate reduction and elimination of loopholes.
2) Includes reasonable cutbacks in entitlements.
3) Includes reasonable cutbacks in defense.
4) Gives the wealthy tax rates that are still lower than 50 years ago! The vast majority of the American people favor this; after all, it is only fair.
5) Repays a debt that we have already incurred. THE MONEY HAS ALREADY BEEN SPENT; we must now pay it back.
6) Prevents this entire standoff from happening again in 6-12 months. I don't want to see precious legislative time used to re-hash this same debate in six months.

This is a chance to do something historic and positive. Let's not miss this opportunity, especially when the alternative sends the USA back into recession. THAT's the real job killer.

While Speaker Boehner wants to compromise with the President, it is clear that he is being handcuffed by a handful of reckless Tea Party members who are willing to take this country into recession just to make a point. If that happens, virtually no one currently in office, Democrat or Republican, gets reelected in 2012. Please help these misinformed Representatives to understand what is a stake.

Please let me know where you stand on this critical issue.

Jason from Pennsylvania sent this to Rep. Tim Murphy.

Mr Murphy,

I strongly believe you need to put aside partisan politics, and cross party lines to raise the debt limit. This has been a non-issue for so many years and only seems to be an issue due to your lack of respect for our Commander in Chief. I don't recall many republicans objecting during the 7 debt limit increases of George W. Bush's administration. Now is not the time to hold the middle class and US credit rating hostage. We all agree that debt reduction and balanced budgets are necessary, but please work with the opposing party and stop listening to the tea-party base.