President Barack Obama shares responsibility equally with the U.S. House of Representatives on the financial issues facing this country ("The GOP's cynical debt limit ploy," Dec. 10). He has not had a budget passed (or even got one vote in the Senate) and he has not proposed one fix to either Medicare (except taking dollars from Medicare in the Affordable Care Act) or Social Security (except helping bankrupt it sooner by his 2 percent reduction in withholding); both programs will be bankrupt within 20 years, and the time to fix that is now.

The biggest social injustice in this country's 237 years is President Obama's borrowing 40 cents on every dollar to run the country. Taxing the rich will fix about 5 cents of this at the best. I understand balancing the budget is not good this year but plans need to be in place to have this accomplished in the next few years or we are doomed (especially the 99 percent).

Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville

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