Letters to the Editor

We need sweeping cuts to restore fiscal order

President Barack Obama doesn't understand that we the people will not let this profligate spending and taxing continue.

The debt limit must not be raised without huge, meaningful cuts to wild government spending -- not smoke and mirrors, not accounting gimmickry, not future phony savings -- cuts.

Obama once believed that, or he is hypocrite. He said so in 2006: "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that 'the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."

It most certainly is a failure of leadership and a lack of courage and commitment. It's time for the wholesale elimination of federal government departments that were never authorized by the Constitution.

Pete Welch

Hilton Head Island