Maryland was one of the few states that did not send a clear message to Congress and President Obama in the November, 2010 election to cut and cap the federal government's outrageous spending habits. No wonder they did not want to send that message as Maryland's economic viability significantly depends on federal spending. At some point, and I suspect it will occur should a more conservative crowd take control of the U.S. Senate and White House after the 2012 elections, Maryland voters will be forced to deal with a smaller federal government.

But for now, Maryland voters continue living in your federal-job-induced economic coma that is supported by the liberal media such as The Sun ("Cut, cap and empty gesture," July 20). The free spending, raise the debt, no limit credit card that is now used by the federal government will eventually be cut up. Should the card be left intact, everyone in the United States — including residents of Maryland — may face an economic Armageddon.

Ron Wirsing, Havre de Grace