There's no reason the U.S. government would have defaulted on its bills; there's money to pay them. For many years and administrations, Congress has overspent and then raised the borrowing level. Then-Sen. Barack Obama voted against raising the debt ceiling during George W. Bush's presidency, calling it unpatriotic and irresponsible. Now President Obama demands we raise the debt ceiling higher, even though he's increased it far more than any president. We must get our spending and debt under control or it will crush us.
One way to cut spending is to reduce entitlements to people not truly in dire straits. A huge entitlement that's going to break us is Obamacare. People say “It's the law and just live with it.” If Obama can change the law without Congress, why can't we, the people? Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Obama are interested in three things: getting more money to buy votes through entitlements, scaring the populace about the future if they don't get what they want, and convincing the public that Republicans are to blame for all problems. It's the progressives — Democrats and Republicans — who have put America in a financial death spiral.
Ken Coates, Ponca City
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