Letters to the Editor

GOP, pay the bills
printed in the Spokesman-Review

In 2011, the Republicans threatened to not raise the debt limit, the stock market fell and the S&P credit agency lowered America's credit rating from AAA to AA+. It is estimated that interest on our national debt rose by 1 percent. On $16 trillion, that would be $160 billion more that we have to pay. Now, they want to extend the debt ceiling until May as they try to squeeze more spending cuts out of us.
The rest of the credit agencies have stated that if The House of Representatives does not set a sustainable fiscal policy along with plans to expand our economy, they will also be forced to lower our credit rating.
There is some talk among the Republicans in the House of Representatives that they will shut down the Government completely if they don't get their spending cuts. What would happen to your credit rating if you told your credit card company that you were only going to pay your bill for the next three months? What would your credit card company say if you threatened not to go to work to pay your bills? That is exactly what the Republicans in Congress have been doing.
Think about it.

Lawrence Schuchart
Spokane, WA
Jan. 26, 2013

Ditch this strategy
printed in the Spokesman-Review

Our congresswoman's car keeps pulling to the left. She won't fix the car and has decided to stop making her car payments. The bank will repossess the car, but the congresswoman doesn't care as she would rather have no car than one that pulls to the left. If you see her walking down the highway, you might want to offer her a ride. Take the time to point out that your car drives down the middle of the lane, right where you steer it.
There is no need to wreck our economy because representatives like our congresswoman can't steer the government down the political center. What's the point of steering so far to the right that you put the government's car in the ditch
? The Republican Party seems willing to prevent the government from paying its bills and steer us into economic failure by not paying our debts. Republicans hope economic failure will bring them success in the next election. Then they can steer our state car off the economic road and into a rollover. That's exactly what they did their last time behind the wheel when they put two wars and Plan D Medicare on a national credit card.

Pete Scobby
Newport, WA
Jan. 16, 2013