Letters to the Editor

Officials' bad behavior should not be rewarded

The performance of the federal government and all its members during these recent several years of fiscal crises, of which they collectively are the authors, is shameful. It is a national disgrace. All of them -- both houses of Congress, both parties and the administration -- must share the blame in equal measure.

There are no winners here, but they each will try to convince us that they "went to the wall for us." Don't believe them. They have abrogated their responsibilities and violated their oath of office. They deserve not our trust, nor our respect nor our votes. Be attentive to the campaigns of 2012. Vote for country, not party and not for ego-driven opportunists.

The Founding Fathers were gifted with enormous common sense, and they had genuine love and respect for the democratic principles they pursued and the American people for whom they pursued them. Shamefully, the same cannot be said for today's crop of so-called leaders.

Thomas Jefferson wrote, "To preserve independence ... we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. ... The forehorse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression."

The Treasury Department quietly reported that last month the government spent 8.2 times its net revenue. Our government is destroying our country.

Francis Walsh

Fripp Island