Letters to the Editor

Use political courage to stop the borrowing

Some Republicans actually have the courage and integrity to suggest the House should deny any increase in the federal debt ceiling. This is radical -- some grown-ups have entered from stage right, and the decades-long fantasy play might turn into dramatic reality. Perhaps the simple common sense so long avoided by both parties may actually be tried: "Live within your means." "Don't spend what you don't have."

As Scripture says, "The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender." (Proverbs 22:7)

We owe our dependable ally and friend (?) China about $1 trillion. The federal government is borrowing 40 cents of every dollar it spends. And the president is asking Congress to dig us even deeper into debt. Whatever happened to common sense, maturity, realism, fiscal responsibility and arithmetic? Does the majority in Washington know how to add and subtract?

One version of the American victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War was that we forced them into bankruptcy as they tried to keep up with us. Has China learned the lesson from this? All America needs to fall to defeat is more easy credit, and we'll collapse into bankruptcy on our own, trying to keep up with ourselves -- our own self-indulgence and greed.

I pray that we have some leaders with a grown-up sense of responsibility who will stop pandering to the selfish and short-sighted among us. This is a time for political courage.

Thomas RichardLady's Island