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December 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM

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Avoiding falling off the 'fiscal cliff'

A worthy idea

Right on, Scott Soucy — 100 percent right on. [“Plan to pay off national debt a buck at a time,” page one, Dec. 27.]

I am responsible for the national debt. After The Times excellent article on this gallant effort by this individual citizen to regain our national integrity, I checked the website for the national debt. No finger pointing except to myself. The website says very clearly that the debt is owned by the public.

While I may not have agreed with some of the decisions made by our Congress and leaders over the years, the fact remains that they are/were the policies and actions of my government and my generation.

It may take some doing to pay off the $52,000 per citizen owed now. However, I believe along with Soucy that it is up to me to try. His work and his contribution may just be a grain of sand, but he has inspired me to become another. I am sending my check off to the Bureau of National Debt, Attn Dept. G, P. O. Box 2188, Parkersburg, WV 26106-2188.

Who knows? We may just begin to fill in that hole known as the national debt!

Joan Smith, Edmonds

‘Git ’er done’ not enough

Your countdown on the “Fiscal cliff” seems a bit of a sound bite to me [“Fiscal cliff: Counting down the days,” Opinion]. Not much light. Instead more of a “Git ’er done” kind of remark.

This country’s economic problems, and the difficulty of Congress taking action, are serious. I think it is a waste of time to yell, “Git ’er done!” And I think it is silly to pretend that the Democrats are responsible for the stalemate.

Both sides have taken positions. The president has offered compromises. But the response of Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B,” which was ridiculous and not a serious negotiating offer, could not even get the support of the Republicans!

So, in effect, when you yell “Git ’er done!” to the Senate, and tell them to send the “best deal” they can to the House to avoid the tax cuts that will otherwise go into effect on Jan. 1, you are apparently calling for the Senate to call the right-wing extremists, to ask, “What would you be willing to vote for?”

That is not a compromise. That is surrender. If you are trying to say those taking extremist positions should abandon them for good of the country, why don’t you say so? Why do you seemingly demand that all good-faith negotiators give in, no matter what the effect on the country?

Bob Dickerson, Seattle

Social Security predators

“Deficit hawk directs clout, cash of Wall St. to debt issue” [Business, Dec. 24] describes how high-powered Wall Street gurus intend to fix the US debt crisis.

They recognize that some increase in taxes has become inevitable. As a consequence, they now seek to minimize tax increases. They also recognize the severe limits to reducing defense and other domestic spending. This leaves Social Security. Even though Social Security contributed nothing to the national debt, it is the biggest target.

Almost $3 trillion of the national debt is owed to Social Security. The government borrowed it in part to finance unwarranted tax cuts and illicit wars. It is now time to repay Social Security. This will have to be done from taxes which otherwise would be lower. Hence, the faster and deeper Social Security benefits are cut, the lower their taxes will be in the future. This is as fraudulent as the Wall Street practices that wrecked the U.S. economy in 2008.

Alan Simpson of the Simpson Bowles Commission likened Social Security to a milk cow with 310 million udders. Remember that when new deficit hawks vow that their only concern is saving Social Security.

These people are not deficit hawks. They are Social Security predators.

Malcolm D. McPhee, Sequim


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