Republicans were wimps during fiscal cliff deal

Jan. 4, 2013 at 5 p.m.
Updated Jan. 3, 2013 at 7:04 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

Well, the wimpy Republicans have allowed the President to raise taxes on those making more than $400,000 individually and $450,000 jointly.

They caved in to demands from the president when they knew that spending cuts are what is needed, not tax increases. All they got in return was a promise of later spending cuts. They've heard that never-fulfilled promise so many times that I'm surprised they haven't each put the Brooklyn Bridge in their investment portfolio. There will be no spending cuts. Instead, there will be more and more spending. The Republicans know this and don't really fight against it because their dirty little secret is that they want the spending, too. They know, as do the Democrats, that continuing to play Santa Claus to the nation is what keeps them in their cushy jobs.

The tax increase will do nothing to reduce the debt or the deficit, as it really doesn't amount to much compared to them. Obama wanted it because he wants to continue his war on capitalism. He and his ilk continue to punish achievement and reward sloth.

We now borrow 46 cents of every dollar spent by the government. How long can we sustain that rate of borrowing and spending? Clearly, real change, not Obama's same old Democrat "tax and spend" change, is needed.

We can start with term limits for Congress. Our founding fathers never imagined that congressmen would make a career out of representation. Rather, they envisioned a government in which congressmen would serve a term or two and then return to their homes and former lifestyles.

Since Congress will never institute term limits on its own, I suggest that whenever a congressman of the party we prefer is up for election, we should vote for his challenger every time. That's the only way we'll get the career politicians out of office.

Howard O. Weise, Yorktown



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