America needs more tea party 'extremists'

State Sen. Jim Rosapepe castigates tea party Republicans for the recent shutdown, referring to them as "illiterate political extremists" and "power hungry opportunists" ("We have a deal, but the damage is already done," Oct. 17).

Although attempting to shroud himself with the spirit of common sense and bipartisanship, his article is nothing more than a highly partisan attack designed to delegitimize the tea party and, not surprisingly, promote his own party.

It is important to understand the context of the views of those "extremists" that the senator so despises. Our national debt is $17 trillion and rising. Annual Interest payments on that debt are $225 billion and rising. Our unfunded entitlement mandates will balloon those deficits with corresponding interest payments in the upcoming decades absent substantial structural reform.

Add the so far disastrous Obamacare entitlement to this mix and you have a recipe for economic upheaval that no continuing purchase of debt by the Federal Reserve can solve.

Even The Sun, in companion editorials, agreed that something must be done to correct entitlements and establish policies for growth and fiscal responsibility. That is what most of the responsible tea party "extremists" believe.

President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stated that the shutdown and debt ceiling crisis had to end and that when that happened they would be willing to negotiate about everything.

I wish that were true, but if the past is prologue we will hear nothing but posturing and demonizing from Democrats — and few concessions on solving our long-term problems.

Senator Rosapepe proposes as a solution having Democrats regain control of the House in 2014. In other words, bring back the same bunch that gave us Obamacare, stimulus boondoggles and trillion dollar deficits. Thanks, but no thanks.

One real solution is for the president and Congress to act like adults and address our problems head-on before it is too late. Another is to elect more "extremists" and fewer Rosapepes.

Robert C. Erlandson, Lutherville

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