10:30 AM EDT, November 1, 2013
John F. Kennedy rightly said "the human mind is our fundamental resource." It takes people with right thinking in government to eliminate deficits, reduce the national debt and restore confidence in leadership. I salute Maryland Rep. Andy Harris for his vote against another debt ceiling increase ("In blue Maryland, Andy Harris proudly stands on the right," Oct. 20).
Mr. Harris' vote was a much-needed slap in the face to a convoluted Democrat playbook of dispensing with the annual budget process in order to hide their policy goals. Instead of well-ordered budgets and financial discipline, the Democrats' plan is crisis management through the passage of continuing resolutions.
Everyone knows that document reviews, especially financial reviews, take months to happen to ensure every dollar gets the best return on investment. Instead, we get a lot of puffed-up emotional misdirection and even factual misinformation if it advances the Democratic agenda.
Mr. Harris' unsuccessful challenger in 2012 recently put out a press release filled with misinformation regarding the debt ceiling. We don't need that kind of contribution to the larger discussion.
I say to Democrats in Congress: Put your policy proposals on paper and attach a dollar amount to them, show us a budget plan, engage in a debate on the facts and let our elected leaders vote on a proactive way forward.
We've had enough of the crisis management and enough of the debt ceiling increases. There is no end in sight and it's the Democrats' fault. They should get their act together.
Garrett Preisch, North East
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