Re: “Government spending is the problem” (letter, 10-30).
The author seems to have a cogent point. Using those numbers, it is easy to conclude that spending is the problem because both spending and revenues are higher after President George W. Bush.
What he left out of the picture were the enormous expenditures caused by the two wars that Bush put us in and any money used to bail out the big banks at the end of the Bush administration. Bush saddled us with enormous debt without a way to pay for it. He disingenuously separated it from the national budget so it wouldn’t look like our budget was hemorrhaging.
It is absolutely false to say we have a spending problem, unless you are against these wars. The rich have not been called upon to sacrifice at all, while medical care, college and insurance costs rise, and both private and public sector jobs are cut. Teachers, police and firefighters suffer from cuts in salaries and layoffs, Republican leaders in various states impose cancellation of the right to bargain terms of employment, and military service personnel, most of all, suffer from the wrenching divide of one or more parents being deployed multiple times.
It is time to raise taxes on the rich to support those of us who need them, or demand that they actually create jobs. Then money will flow once more into the coffers of the Treasury.