President Barack Obama's views on avoiding the "fiscal cliff," which The Sun endorses, will neither solve our huge debt problem nor help our economy ("On the brink of the 'fiscal cliff,'" Dec. 6).
We have an immense federal deficit and debt problem that can only be solved with a sharp reduction in federal outlays. Spending $1 trillion or more year after year in excess of what we take in, and borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we spend — meanwhile running up the national debt from $10 trillion to $16 trillion, as Mr. Obama did during his first term — is unsustainable.
Even the least informed among us know that is the case. Yet, predictably, The Sun blames Republicans for refusing to acknowledge reality and for opposing tax rate increases on American families and businesses.
It is The Sun that is out of touch with reality, and The Sun that is willing to put an intolerable burden on our children and grandchildren by doing nothing to stop the continual growth of the debt. That is the ultimate in irresponsibility.
The Sun perpetuates the view that the most important issue facing us is increasing tax rates on families and businesses making more than $250,000 a year —which, even if your position had any merit, would have only a nominal impact on the debt crisis.
Instead your urge sticking it to the so-called rich and everything will be hunky-dory. How silly and disingenuous.
David Tufaro, BaltimoreCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun